The announcement of sentence of the Kamduni rape and murder case, in which six people have been found guilty, was withheld on Friday. It could be announced on Saturday after a brief hearing.
Three of the six culprits have been found guilty of IPC sections that carry capital punishment, something that was underscored by the judge on Thursday when she announced the verdict. Accused Ansar Ali Mollah, Saiful Ali and Amin Ali may face the death penalty while Bhola Naskar, Imanul Islam and Aminur Islam could be interned for at least 20 years.
On Friday hearing started around 3 pm in a packed courtroom. But the lawyers of the guilty informed the court that they were yet to receive a copy of the judgment without which they won’t be able to plead.
The judge served the counsels a copy of the judgment and a closed door meeting took place for more than an hour. Everyone inside the court room was asked to leave, including junior lawyers, family members of the accused and the media.
Hearing resumed again at 4 pm and went on till 5 pm after which it surfaced that the sentence could be announced on Saturday. The defense counsel pleaded that the guilty should be given life sentence instead of capital punishment.
On Thursday the court had held six guilty and two were acquitted. One of the accused died during the trial process
A 20-year old college student was abducted on her way back home on June 7, 2013 at Kamduni village on the outskirts of Kolkata. She was raped and killed in Kamduni village by a gang of nine men. Her mutilated body was found a day later.
Even though the ruling Trinamool Congress and police were at the receiving end right from the beginning, the incident turned into a movement because of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s way of dealing with the protests. Mamata had dubbed the protesters ‘Maoists’ during her first visit to the village 10 days after incident.
Tumpa Koyal one of the two women who became the face of the Kamduni movement however said: “We are concerned with the duo who has been acquitted. Those behind the bars threatened us yesterday after the judgment. Imagine what their associates, who are free now, can do.”
Hundreds of students, activists and villagers of Kamduni gathered on the Bankshal court premises to hear the sentence. They demanded that the culprits be awarded capital punishment.
“All of them should have been awarded capital punishment,” said Mousumi Koyal, another prominent protester and a homemaker.