The Nagpur district and sessions court on Tuesday sentenced four people to life after finding them guilty of murdering an engineering girl student four years ago.
After examining 31 witnesses, the district and session Judge MW Chandwani slapped the life sentence on Kunal Jaiswal, Shrikant Sonkar, Umesh Marathe and Pradip Sahare. The killers hired for the “job” mistook Monica for some other girl whom they were contracted to kill.
Monica, a third year electronics engineering student of Rajshree Engineering College was stabbed to death on March 11, 2011 by hired goons on her way to college. She was declared dead after being brought to a private nursing home by locals.
Jaiswal – a school teacher by profession – hatched a conspiracy to kill a girl who lived in the same Pratibhatai Pawar Women’s hostel in east Nagpurwhere Monica lived, when the girl started ignoring him after going steady for some time. He promised Rs1.50 lakh to Shrikant, a hired killer, to kill the girl and even paid Rs 40,000 as advance.
The murder had earlier evoked a sharp reaction in the city and also figured in the state assembly that led the government to appoint senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla as its investigation officer. The government also appointed Ujjwal Nikam as a special public prosecutor in the case.