Fourteen months after a 29-year-old waiter with IT company Infosys was murdered in broad daylight at the rear of the office building on May 4, 2015, the accused, another waiter of Manimajra, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The mother of the victim, Saroj, was key witness and complainant in the case.
The court of additional sessions judge Harish Anand said the sentence for Bablu Gupta (29) will run till natural death. A fine of Rs 11,000 has also been imposed on convict Bablu who had stabbed Shivnath of Indira Colony to death.
In her complaint, Saroj told the police that Bablu used to harass her daughter-in-law and used to roam around their house. On May 3, a day before the murder, Shivnath and Bablu had a scuffle over the issue in which Shivnath slapped Bablu.
The day of the murder
On May 4, Bablu, armed with a knife hid behind bushes at the rear of the Infosys building, the entrance for the staff. Around 10.30am, Shivnath and his mother arrived. Sensing an opportunity, Bablu then stabbed Shivnath in the chest before his horrified mother.
The police was informed and Shivnath was rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) where he succumbed to his injuries.
Bablu was arrested the same day from near the IT park.
The knife used in the crime and blood-stained clothes of the accused — the trouser and shirt — were also recovered. A Central Forensics Sciences Lab (CFSL) report confirmed that the blood on the knife was of the deceased.
The motive behind the murder — revenge — was also established as the victim has slapped the convict a day before. The court examined 12 witnesses.
The victim is survived by his wife, an 18-month daughter, mother and a younger sister.
“The prosecution is happy to deliver justice to a mother who witnessed her son’s stabbing. She was the complainant and the sole witness in the case,” said public prosecutor JP Singh.
What led to conviction?
1) A forensic report confirmed the blood of the deceased on the knife used in the crime.
2) Revenge was established as the motive with the victim slapping the accused a day before the murder.
3) Blood-stained clothes of the accused — the trouser and shirt — were also recovered.
4) 12 witnesses were examined in the case