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3 sentenced to life for killing boy for Rs 70, cellphone

A Delhi court has sentenced three men to life imprisonment—convicted of killing a Class X student after robbing him of Rs 70 and his cellphone.

delhi Updated: Sep 18, 2011 23:39 IST
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A Delhi court has sentenced three men to life imprisonment—convicted of killing a Class X student after robbing him of Rs 70 and his cellphone.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Garg relied on the testimony of Sapna, a ninth-grader and a cousin of the deceased who was present with him at the time of the murder. “Statement of prosecution witness (Sapna) is consistent, credible and trustworthy. I find no reason to disbelieve her testimony,” the court said.

Narrating the incident, Sapna told the court that while on her way to her friend’s house on April 18, 2010, she met Dhiraj and asked for his science book.

While talking about the books, they went to Sanjay Jheel Park for a stroll and sat there at a bench, she said, adding that around 11 am, three youths turned up there and asked Dhiraj about the time.

As Dhiraj took out his cell phone to check the time, the trio asked him to hand over the phone and when the boy refused, Akram and Mohd Imran caught hold of him and Mukesh stabbed him in his chest.

After assaulting Dhiraj, the trio snatched his cell phone, searched his pocket and took out Rs 70 along with an ATM card and fled away leaving him bleeding profusely, Sapna said, adding that after she raised an alarm the boy was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police later told court that it arrested the trio after putting Dhiraj’s mobile phone number on surveillance.

During interrogation, Imran confessed to his involvement in Dhiraj’s murder, police said, adding that at his instance, Mukesh and Akram were also arrested. The court sentenced Mohd Imran (20), Akram (20) and Mukesh (21) to life imprisonment for murdering Dhiraj and seven to ten years in jail for robbing him of his money and mobile phone.