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Six sentenced to death by Nashik court for murder of three Dalit youth

Three Dalit youth were killed at Sonai village on January 1, 2013 and their mutilated bodies were found in a septic tank.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2018 20:59 IST
Maharashtra,Honour Killing,Nashik
The killings, according to the FIR, were a fallout of inter-caste love affair between one of the deceased and a Maratha girl.(PTI File Photo)

The Nashik Sessions Court awarded the death sentence to six convicts for the murder of three Dalit youth on January 1, 2013, in Sonai village of Ahmednagar district.

On January 15, 2018, six of the seven accused were convicted by the court on various counts, including murder and criminal conspiracy to commit murder. The first information report (FIR) lodged by the Ahmednagar police stated that the killings were a fallout of an inter-caste love affair between one of the deceased and a Maratha girl.

Judge R R Vaishnav sentenced the convicts to death and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on each of them.

The three Dalit youth, Sachin Gharu (24), Sandeep Thanvar (25) and Rahul Kandare (20), were found murdered with body parts mutilated in a septic tank and a well.

The six convicts include Ramesh Darandale (43), Prakash Darandale (38), Ragunath Darandale alias ‘Popat’ (52), Ganesh alias Praveen Darandale (23), Sandeep Kurhe (37) and Ashok Phalke (44).

Popat Darandale is the father of the girl and Ganesh Darandale is her elder brother. Ramesh, Prakash and Raghunath are brothers, while Sandeep Kurhe is their close relative.They are all residents of Sonai village.

The judge convicted Popat, Ganesh, Prakash Darandale, Ramesh Darandale, Ashok Nawagire and Sandip Kurhe and acquitted Ashok Phalke, against whom the prosecution could not establish the charge of conspiracy.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Sachin Gharu was in a relationship with a girl belonging to an upper caste family. Gharu along with Thanwar and Kandare were working at the Trimurti Educational Institute at Sonai, where the girl was studying.

According to the FIR, Gharu and his colleagues, working as sweepers, were called by the Darandale family to their home on the evening of January 1, 2013, to clean their septic tank. The next day, Gharu was found beheaded, with a hand cut off from his shoulder. The bodies of the other two, Sandeep Thanwar and Rahul Kandare, were found a day later with injury marks on their heads.

The families of the victims had to relocate from Sonai and the case was shifted from Ahmednagar to Nashik as well.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 12:47 IST