A fast track court here on Thursday held five members of the Maxi Cab 'serial killers' gang' guilty of murdering a 50-year-old man in 2006.
All the five have already been awarded rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life in another murder case. The sentence in today’s case would be announced on Saturday.
In November 2006, the Gurgaon police had busted a gang of Maxi Cab killers and had arrested nine persons (between age 18-32 years), two of them juveniles, all residents of Bhora Kalan village in Gurgaon.
The police had claimed that the gang had admitted to have killed 28 persons whom they had offered lift in their cabs during 2005-06.
Their victims also included an MNC executive, Sachin Jain, and an MBA student named Ashish Bhagoria.
On February 3rd and May 4th this year, members of the gang were convicted for 10 years in one case and life term in two cases.
In two other cases, they were acquitted for want of adequate evidences and witnesses in June and August this year. All the nine accused have also undergone Narco test in Bangalore after their arrest.
Additional sessions judge B.L. Singhal of Fast Track Court on Wednesday held Promod alias Bhutan (24), Ravi (21), Budhram (25), Mukesh (25) and Rohtash (32) guilty for the murder of a 50-year-old Mahender Singh of Farrukhnagar.
The victim, who ran a garments shop in Pataudi, was allegedly offered to be dropped home by the accused in their cab.
But they instead allegedly robbed and strangled him on the way and dumped his body in Jhundsarai village between Pataudi and Farrukhnagar in October 2006.
Pardip Pandghal, the defence lawyer who claims he is fighting 22 cases for the nine accused for free, said the police falsely implicated the accused in many unsolved and pending cases just to clear its record.
“There are a number of discrepancies in the two cases in which the accused have received rigorous imprisonment for life,” he added.
The police officials refuted his allegations saying that crucial proofs such as belongings of the deceased had been recovered from the accused.