Bathinda murder: IAF ex-sergeant awarded death for killing colleague
A Bathinda court on Friday awarded death sentence to former Indian Air Force (IAF) sergeant and five-year jail to his wife in connection with the murder of his colleague at Bhisiana Air Force Station in February 2017. The body parts of the victim, Corporal Vipin Shukla, were found packed in polythene bags at the quarter of the convict couple.
“The court of additional sessions judge handed death sentence to Sulesh Kumar and five-year jail to his wife Anuradha, both natives of Uttarakhand,” said Sunil Tripathi, the counsel of the complainant. He said another accused Shahsi Bhushan, the brother-in-law of Sulesh, remain at large.
The victim, Vipin Shukla of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, had gone missing on February 8, 2017. On the complaint by his wife Kumkum, a kidnapping case was registered at Nathana police station on February 15.
As team comprising Punjab Police and air force station officials detected foul smell emanating from the quarter of Sulesh during search on February 21, 2017. Soon, the team stumbled upon body pieces packed in 16 plastic bags kept in the refrigerator and the wardrobe. During interrogation, Sulesh confessed to murdering Shukla, claiming the latter was in an illicit relation with his wife.
“Shukla had illicit relations with Anuradha and she conceived. When she asked Vipin to marry her, he refused. Anuradha, along with her husband and brother, hatched a conspiracy to kill him,” police had said.
On the February 8, 2017, evening, Sulesh called Shukla to his house on the pretext of packing luggage as he was to change his quarter, and killed him. He then put the body in a box and took it to his new quarter. On February 19, Sulesh cut the body into pieces and packed them in polybags, the police chargehseet had said.