The court of additional sessions judge Mohammad Gulzar on Thursday awarded life imprisonment till death to a migrant labourer for killing his landlord at Mamman village of Kotli Surat Malhi in Gurdaspur district on March 18 last year.
The labourer, Varinder Kumar, alias Raju, 22, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, killed landlord Amarjit Singh with a 'datar' on March 18 last year after his services as farm help were dispensed with for his alleged disobedient behaviour towards Amarjit.
On the statement of the son of the deceased, Joravar Singh, a case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against the suspect in the Kotli Surat Malhi police station.
According to Joravar, when Kumar's services were terminated, he had threatened his father of dire consequences. He alleged on the fateful day, his father was sitting at his tubewell when the suspect killed him on the spot by striking with a 'datar' on his head and forehead.
During the trial, Kumar pleaded not guilty stating that Amarjit was killed by the other servant named Saurav of Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) for he was not being given his wages by him even after repeated requests. He said after committing the crime, Sourav fled. He said he was innocent and he stayed there, but the police arrested him and handed him over to the police as a criminal.
The court, however, said the suspect failed to produce any proof in support of his innocence. The suspect was already in the judicial custody and was sent to the Gurdaspur central jail to serve the pronounced sentence.