A Delhi court has sentenced a 46-year-old man to imprisonment till death for murdering several people and amputating their limbs. After the gruesome murders, he used to throw the head and other body parts at several locations across the city.
Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau termed the offence "rare" and refused to take a lenient view of the accused Chandrakant Jha.
The judge said, "The author of the crime had followed a definite pattern, where he killed the victims by decapitating their heads and thereafter chopped their body parts and threw the mutilated bodies of these young men outside the Central Jail (Tihar) and also scattered their body parts at various places around Delhi." Jha is a native of Madhepura in Bihar.
The judge sentenced Jha in one of the three cases of murder in which he had been convicted. The quantum of sentence in the other two murder cases will be pronounced on February 5 and 6. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on Jha, who was present in the court dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a brown cap.
Sentencing the accused, the judge said, "The offence has been committed with exceptional depravity and extreme brutality. The post-mortem report confirms that death in this case was a result of decapitation (not a case where decapitation followed death)."
Public Prosecutor PK Verma had told the court Jha had murdered a person, whom he referred to as Dalip. On May 18, 2007, Jha beheaded Dalip and after wrapping the decapitated body in a bag, he had thrown it outside Gate no 1 of Tihar.
Pulling up the police, the judge said they had filed the chargesheet in a "most casual and routine manner". In order to conceal the identity of the deceased and to destroy evidence, Jha had thrown the head and other body parts of the victim at various places.