For killing a 28-yearold youth in a clash outside Hotel Aroma on January 12, 2012, just past midnight, all eight convicts would now spend eight years in jail.
Providing justice to MBA student Harminder Singh alias Harry, who had returned from Ireland just a few weeks before being killed, additional district and sessions judge KK Kareer on Tuesday awarded eight-year jail to all eight convicts guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for beating Harminder to death.
Terming the conviction “unjustified”, all convicts Sukhjit Singh, 29, resident of Phase 11, SAS Nagar; Harsimranjeet Singh, 28, of Sector 44; Chandan Singh, 24, Sandeep Kumar, 27, and Gautam Singh, 23, of Burail; Anand Singh, 27, and Mahavir Si ngh, 2 5 , of Sector 41; and Prashant Kumar Dabral, 31, of Sector 49; will appeal against the order of sentencing them to eight-year-jail, along with imposing a fine of 20,000 on each.
Quantifying the killing to fall in category 304 (ii), the court in its 48-page order held, “Considering the factors that the nature of the weapons (stone and stick) used by the convicts at the time of killing was not deadly and the convicts had not come ar med with any weapon, the brawl occurrence was a result of sudden fight. There was no premediation or previous enmity of the convicts and the deceased. The brawl took place in the heat of passion…”
The court further added, “Court cannot be oblivious of the fact that the convicts had caused 21 injuries to the deceased. They were eight in number, while the deceased was all alone. Though the deceased ran after the accused and provoked them to fight, even then the act of causing so many injuries cannot be said to be justified to take leniency.”
Mother stays away from court
Even as the court was to decide the fate of the killers of her son, mother Harmesh Kaur refrained from attending the court proceedings.
“Though the killers of my son had been given punishment, it is not enough. They should have at least been given life term,” was Harmesh’s reaction when she was told about the conviction.
“After having lost her son and husband, she has become more protective towards her younger son.
She does not want him to be seen by the convicts fearing they might har m him as well. She had almost lost all hopes of getting justice after the death of her husband in 2013,” said advocate AS Chahal, representing Harmesh.