After a wait of almost five years, the special woman’s court is likely to pronounce a verdict in the Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez murder case, on Monday. Keenan’s father Valerian Santos told HT, “We have suffered a lot in these years and punishment to these boys is the only thing that will give us some relief. We know our son will not come back, but we expect his killers to get punished.” He said the family has faith in teh judiciary and they would get justice.
On October 20, 2011, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were attacked outside a popular eatery at Amboli when they tried to protect their female friends from a group of men. The group repeatedly stabbed the duo, and while Keenan died on the same day, Reuben died 10 days later.
The state government had shifted the case to a fast-track court in 2012. But this case still dragged on for four years. A year later, as the fast-track courts were shifted to the main sessions court at Kalaghoda, the case was merged with regular cases.
“We were given an assurance that the case would be expedited . But nothing happened for two years. The government, too, had forgotten its promises. Nothing moved as promised. I had to run from pillar to post for every hearing to get justice for my son,” said Valerian.
“They should think about the victim’s family. We were given promises by the then chief minister, but everything turned out to be a farce. There is a need to change the system,” Valerian said.
According to the prosecution case, on October 20, 2011, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were attacked outside a popular eatery in Amboli when they tried to shield their female friends from a group of men
The men initially went away, only to return with over a dozen others and launched a brutal assault on Keenan and Reuben
While Keenan died on the same day, Reuben succumbed to multiple stab injuries on October 31
The police arrested four accused in the case, Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival the next day
The fast track court at Sewri, had in October, framed charges against four accused for murder, conspiracy and molestation