Additional sessions judge RC Dimre awarded life imprisonment to six people convicted in a 2009 double murder case on Thursday, while three other suspects were acquitted on March 1.
The two victims - Ritu and her acquaintance Ramesh - were shot dead near her home in Subhash Colony on September 1, 2009. The police had booked nine suspects for the murder following a complaint filed by Ritu's mother, Parkash Kaur. The two killed became victims of a gang rivalry between two city residents, Nishan Singh and Rakesh alias Bobby, Ritu's brother.
A source said the sentence was handed out to the suspects - Nishan Singh, his brother Rantej Singh, former councillor Gulshan Sonu, Bunty Kaushal and Vikas Kelewala.
According to sources, Ritu was frequently seen in the court complex as she was following up on several cases filed against her brother.
Rakesh ,who was facing several murder and extortion cases, was brought from the central jail to the judicial complex amid tight security for the hearing. Incidentally, six months after her murder, Rakesh was also shot dead in the court complex on March 3, 2010.
Earlier on September 16, 2013, additional sessions judge Deepak Aggarwal had awarded a life term to Kuldeep Manga, Gobind Sharma, Vikram Bantee and Naveen in Bobby's murder case while the court has acquitted five other suspects including gangster Nishan Singh, Kulwinder alias Kaka, former councillor Gulshan Sonu, Vikas Kelewala and Radha Kaushal due to insufficient evidence.