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Court grants death to four accused

Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times  Ghaziabad, September 27, 2009
First Published: 00:53 IST(27/9/2009) | Last Updated: 00:56 IST(27/9/2009)

Her happiness lasted just four months. The newly-wed became a widow as well an orphan on August 25, 2007. Her husband, father, mother and brother were brutally murdered in front of her house in Nabipur in Muradnagar.

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Pinki Singh is the lone witness to the murder of her family members over a property dispute and braved risks and threats to her life and persisted with the court case against the culprits who were her distant relatives.

Her resilience bore fruits on Thursday when an ADJ (III) court at Ghaziabad announced death sentence to four accused in the case.

After the judgement, Singh said, “Two generations were slaughtered that night and it was tough to get justice as they knew my strengths and weaknesses.”

The incident in which she was also attacked two years ago had left her disfigured. Her jaw was completely crushed — she now has to manage with a steel strip inside her mouth. She lost two fingers and bears deep cut marks all over her body.

The court awarded death penalty to accused Mukesh, Ajay, Ravi and Brijpal (single names only). While Mukesh, Brijpal and Ravi are Pinki’s relatives, Ajay is Mukesh’s friend.

One of the six accused in the case, Abrar, was shot dead by Meerut police in an encounter earlier. The sixth accused Pramod — a hired killer — is still absconding.

She said the last two years of the trial tested her to the maximum.

“But she fought each day and never gave up due to fear of death,” said her in-laws.


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