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Life sentence to boys’ murderer Friday, June 22, 2001
Ahmedabad, June 21: The high court has upheld the decision of the lower court and approved life sentence to Ramesh Jain, an accused in the murder of two young boys Harsh and Rakesh in 1998.
The government had appealed in the high court against the decision of the lower court saying that the punishment to the accused was not enough and he should be hanged to death.
Division bench of justice Mr R K Abhichandani and Mr S D Dave in their judgement said that looking at the circumstances of the case the accused cannot be hanged and should be given life sentence.
According to the details of the case, Ramesh Jain and two of his accomplices kidnapped four-year-old Harsh Jain and seven-year-old Rakesh Jain. The kidnappers demand ransom of Rs 5 lakh initially from Mr Ghishulal Jain, father of the kidnapped boys.
The kidnappers, however, settled for a ransom of Rs 2 lakh. While the negotiations were going on, the case took a serious turn as both the boys who were kidnapped died due to excessive dose of sleeping pills given to them by the kidnappers.
While the police found body of Harsh from a ditch near Koteshwar road, the body of Rakesh was recovered from the premises of a rented house, where the boys were kept as hostages by the kidnapper.
After due investigations, the police caught the three kidnappers. Due to dearth of proper evidence the two accomplices of Ramesh Jain were relieved from the charges laid against them by the lower courts. Ramesh, the major culprit was held by police for further investigation.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]