Maxicab killings: Fast track court to hear case
The "maxicab killers" will be handed over to a fast-track court as demanded by parents and relatives of victims.india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 19:48 IST
The case of the maxicab drivers here who allegedly murdered 28 passengers for their money and valuables is to be handed over to a fast-track court for speedy trial.
The case of the "maxicab killers" would be handed over to a fast-track court as demanded by the parents and relatives of the victims, Deputy Commissioner R P Bhardwaj said today.
Nine persons, all hailing from Bhodakala near Manesar, have been arrested so far for allegedly picking up strangers in their maxicab that illegally plied on Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, strangling them, frisking their bodies for valuables and dumping them on the roadside, he said.
Delhi and Rajasthan police have demanded custody of the gang members since some murders occurred in their jurisdiction also, Senior Superintendent of Police Hanif Qureshi said.
Twenty-eight murders have been reported in the past eight months, linked to the 'cabbie killers'. The gang of youths used to give lifts to hitchhikers on the highway, one of them strangulate the victim using a belt, electric wire or rope while the others held him down, police said.
Qureshi said the gang allegedly murdered three persons in a single night of October 29 adding that "such macabre crimes have never been reported in the past".
"The authorities should ensure the accused are soon convicted to set an example to others," Sunil Jain, father of 19-year-old Sachin Jain murdered on October 29 said adding that police should handle the case very carefully since there were no eyewitnesses.
Ashok, the brother of a victim Ashish, 23, from Gwalior believed to have been murdered on October 29, demanded a speedy trial and death penalty for the crimes.