HC confirms death sentence of 3 dacoits
Mumbai, Mar 22 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today upheld the death sentence awarded by a lower court to three of the six dacoits, who had murdered five people in Nashik district and also raped a minor, in 2003.
The court, however, modified the order of death sentence, awarded to three of their accomplices, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
On June 5, 2003, four members of the Satote family and one of their close relatives were brutally murdered in an agricultural field at village Vihitgaon in Nasik district.
Delivering the verdict, a division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice S A Bobade held that five members of a family, who were totally unknown to the accused, were brutally murdered by them though there was no animosity between them.
Upholding the death sentence of accused Ankush Maruti Shinde, Rajya Appa Shinde and Raju Mhasu Shinde, the court observed that the incident was extremely revolting and had shocked the conscience of society.
The court upheld conviction of three others Ambadas Shinde, Bapu Appa Shinde and Surya Gangaram Shinde in the murder case, but it converted their death sentence to life imprisonment as it felt that the role attributed to them was lesser one and also the allegation that they had raped Vimalbai, wife of deceased Trimbak Satote, could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
Counsel for Ashok Mundargi contended that his client was young and pleaded that this was not the rarest of rare case where death sentence should be awarded.
However, the court observed that it was a dastardly and heinous act and had created massive scare and hatred at that time. Undue sympathy towards the accused would do more harm to society, which could not endure under such threats.