Bolpur court on Monday sentenced Binoy Maji, (23), to death for killing a minor girl after raping her.
The additional district judge of Bolpur court, justice Manash Basu, delivered the verdict in a packed courtroom.
Court records reveal that on December 9, 2011, Maji, an unemployed 22-year-old from Santra village under Nanoor police station, had raped and murdered the eight-year-old, a class 2 student of a local primary school.
Sources said that the little girl used to live with her maternal uncle’s family while her own stays in Gobindapur village under Labhpur police station.
On that fateful day, Santra residents were celebrating nabanna or the new rice festival and the victim’s parents were in the village to take part in the festivities. From that evening itself, the minor went missing. As a search began for the missing child, eyewitnesses said she was last seen with a village youth.
Incidentally, there was a witness in the case — a four-yearold girl from the same village, with whom the victim was playing, told the police that Maji had called the victim aside to offer her chocolates.
The father of the deceased, a farmer, lodged a complaint against Maji with the local police station.
Subsequently, the cops arrested the accused from near his home. During interrogation, Maji confessed to his crime and even identified the area where he had raped and then murdered the girl.
“He (Maji) confessed that after the rape, the girl complained she was not feeling well. He then strangled her and dumped her body nearby,” a police officer said.
Sources said the medical test conducted on Maji helped prove he had committed the crime. Police then filed a charge sheet against him.
“After the trial, Basu on August 23, 2013, found Maji guilty under sections 363 (kidnapping), 376(2)(F), raping a minor, 302 (murder) and 201(destroying evidence) of IPC,” said Tapan Kumar Dey, the assistant public prosecutor.
Following the verdict, the victim’s father broke into tears, saying, “I wanted the death penalty for Maji. He is a brutal killer…he murdered my sweet daughter. We are happy that the court has given us justice.”