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Two snatchers awarded 5-year jail in Panchkula

While awarding the punishment, district and sessions judge Ritu Tagore said the objective of punishment is to strike a warning note to others, who intend to take law in their hands.

punjab Updated: Sep 01, 2018 14:37 IST
Yuvraj Kaushal
Yuvraj Kaushal
Hindustan Time, Panchkula
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The accused had snatched a Panchkula doctor’s bag containing ₹4.8 lakh in cash at knifepoint in March 2017.(HT PHOTO)

“Society has to be free from such offenders so that a common man has sense of security and safety while moving about,” Panchkula district and sessions judge Ritu Tagore ruled while awarding five years of rigorous imprisonment to two snatchers.

“A civilised society like us cannot permit such incidents to happen and such offenders are bound to be dealt with a stern hand,” the court stated.

The accused, Sonu, 29, and Ravi Kothari, 26, were convicted under Sections 379A (snatching), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Wednesday. A detailed order was made available on Friday. The court also handed the convicts fine of ₹55,000 each.

“The object of punishment is not only to punish the wrongdoer but also to give him a guiding lesson that he should not commit such offence(s) in future, and is also to strike a warning note to others, who intend to take law in their own hands. I have considered the pleas of convicts-accused, their antecedents and nature of crime committed by them; they do not deserve any sympathy,” the court said.

The duo was sentenced to five-year rigorous imprisonment under Sections 120B and 379A of IPC, and one year under Section 411 of IPC. They were fined ₹25,000 each under Section 379A, ₹25,000 each under Section 120B and ₹5,000 each under Section 411, making the total fine ₹55,000 each.

“All sentences shall run concurrently. Out of the recovered amount, ₹10,000 will be given to the complainant as a measure of compensation,” the court ordered.

The convicts were arrested for targeting Dr Prabdeep Sohi in Sector 7, Panchkula, on March 8, 2017. They had snatched his bag containing a laptop, a dairy and ₹4.8 lakh in cash at knifepoint. The duo had struck when the doctor had reached his house from his clinic in Chandigarh.

The public prosecutors had prayed for maximum punishment to them for committing the crimes, and further as a guiding lesson to like-minded people. They argued that such incidents are increasing day by day and such convicts should be dealt with an iron hand.

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 14:33 IST