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Four convicted for murder of two

A Delhi court, on Wednesday, convicted four persons for smothering to death two women — mother and daughter duo of practising lawyers — after a robbery at their house here four years ago.

delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 00:35 IST

A Delhi court, on Wednesday, convicted four persons for smothering to death two women — mother and daughter duo of practising lawyers — after a robbery at their house here four years ago.

“The four accused are held guilty for the offences of murder and robbery under the Indian Penal Code,” additional sessions judge JR Aryan said.

The court, however, acquitted the fifth accused Surendra Pal, who had allegedly accepted the robbed articles from the four convicts, for want of sufficient evidence.

The court has now fixed the matter on December 3 for pronouncement of quantum of sentence against Bhasker Mahalik, Bhagwan Mahalik, Niranjan Mahalik and Jagbandhu Dass.

The four accused had trespassed into the victims’ house at Siddharth Enclave in south Delhi on March 12, 2006.

The victims, 73-year-old Swarna Mahajan and her daughter Anuradha Mahajan, who were lawyers in the Supreme Court, were robbed of various valuables including jewellery, cash and mobile phones.

When the victims objected, the accused smothered them to death and fled the crime scene.

The police swung into the action next day, after the domestic help of the victims informed them about the incident, leading to the arrest of the four persons and recovery of goods.

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