Three men, who stabbed to death a suspected pick pocket in front of a police station last year, have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a city court.
"I hold that prosecution has successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt that all the three convicts on January 10, 2010, sharing common intention, committed murder of the victim," additional sessions judge Sanjay Garg said while sentencing the three.
The court also imposed a fine of R2,000 on Shishpal, Amit (both 24), and Roshan (37).
According to the prosecution, the trio had stabbed Ram to death on January 10, 2010, alleging he had picked their pockets.
Ram along with his friend was standing in queue in front of a liquor shop near Mayur Vihar police station, when the trio pulled him out of the queue and attacked him.
The prosecution said while the two caught hold of Ram, the third convict whipped out a knife and stabbed him in his stomach. The trio fled the spot in a Santro car as a profusely bleeding Ram Chandran collapsed on the ground. He was rushed to nearby Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
An FIR was registered at Mayur Vihar police station and all three were arrested the following day. The prosecution examined 22 witnesses to prove the case.
Ram's wife deposed in the court that the trio had visited her house on the day of the incident and she had told them that Ram had gone out with his friend. She also said that after 10 minutes Ram's friend Nitin came and told her that three persons were beating him in front of Mayur Vihar police station. She found her husband lying on the road in a pool of blood.
The trio, who took the plea of alibi that they were not present on the spot at the time of the incident, failed to prove their innocence in the court.