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Yug Gupta case: Shimla court gives death penalty to 3 for 4-year-old boy’s murder

Earlier, the court had held all the three-- Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi--guilty under Sections 302 , 347 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2018 16:25 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times, Shimla
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Yug Gupta(HT File )

A local court in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla awarded the death penalty to three men on Wednesday four years after they kidnapped and murdered a four-year-old boy for ransom.

The district and sessions court had held Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi guilty under Sections 302, 347 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code on August 6. Sharma, a son of grocery store owner, is a student of law at Himachal Pradesh University, Singh owns a cosmetics shop and Bakshi is an engineering student.

Yug Gupta, the son of businessman Vinod Gupta, was kidnapped and murdered in the Kelston area of Shimla four years ago. Yug’s skeletal remains were found inside a water tank in the Kelston locality on August 22, 2016, leading to widespread protests across the town. The child was tortured, starved and forced to consume liquor before he was thrown into the tank, police said.

After Yug went missing, a case of abduction under Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code was registered on June 16, 2014, following which an investigation was initiated. Police questioned more than 200 people in the case. The case was transferred to the criminal investigation department in August 2014 after local police failed to trace the killers.

Investigators said Sharma lured Yug, his neighbour, by offering a chocolate and kidnapped him on June 14, 2014, from Ram Bazaar area. He then took him to Singh’s godown just above the shop of Yug’s father. Later, he was bundled in a cardboard box and taken to Sharma’s rented house at Ramchandra Chowk in Singh’s vehicle.

According to the investigation, Sharma, who knew Yug’s father, hatched the conspiracy to kidnap the child for ransom. The accused demanded Rs 3.6 crore from his father. They had made ransom calls to the child’s family even after killing him. A video grab on Bakshi’s mobile phone, in which Yug was seen pleading for his life, led to a breakthrough in the case. The three men were arrested on August 22, 2016.

An angry crowd thrashed Sharma and Singh at the district courts complex when they were taken there for a court hearing in August last year.

How the case unfolded

June 14, 2014: Yug was kidnapped from Ram Bazaar

June 16: Abduction case registered

June 17: Family receives ransom letter demanding ₹3.6 crore

June 21: Yug was thrown into a municipal corporation water tank

August 14: Case transferred to CID’s crime branch

August 22, 2016. CID crime branch arrests all the three accused

August 22: Child’s skeletal remains recovered from water tank

October 25: CID’s crime branch files chargesheet in court

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 15:00 IST