Three years after two Class 8 students (aged 14) of a leading private school had shot dead one of their classmates with a pistol inside the school premises in posh Sector 45, a Gurgaon court sentenced the person, whose weapon was used for the crime, to five years in prison.
The court, however, acquitted the father of one of the accused who was facing charges of conspiracy for want of evidence. The two students, who were charged under section 302 of IPC (murder) and lodged in Observation Home in Faridabad (now out on bail), have been facing trial.
The first of its kind incident in India had sent shock waves across the country.
The incident had happened on December 11, 2007 at Euro International School.
One of the accused juveniles, Avinash (name changed) had allegedly smuggled in the pistol owned by his father's friend from a drawer in his house. After school hours, he, along with his friend, fired four shots at Abhishek Tyagi (name changed) from close range killing him instantly.
He then had handed over the pistol (a .32 mm Harrison USA) to his friend Navin (name changed) who also had fired one shot from the same pistol.
Vishal Gupta, the prosecutor, said the court of additional sessions judge Vimal Kumar announced the verdict on Tuesday. "The court announced sentence of five years of rigorous imprisonment for Raj Singh Dalal. He was found guilty of irresponsible handling of his licensed weapon," Gupta added.
Gupta said the court had acquitted another accused Azad Singh, the father of one of the two accused boys for want of evidence as the witnesses had turned hostile.
He was charged under conspiracy and for provoking his son Abhishek under section 120B of IPC.