Six people were convicted on Thursday for gang-raping and murdering the 20-year-old girl while she was returning home from college in Kamduni village of North 24 Parganas district on June 7, 2013.

Observing that the case fell within the rarest of rare cases, Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar pronounced capital punishment for Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Amin Ali who have been convicted of gang rape and murder.

Sheikh Emanul Islam, Aminur Islam and Bhola Naskar, who have been convicted on charges of gang rape, criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence, were sentenced to life imprisonment.As soon as the news of the three getting death spread, the family of the victim as well Kamduni villagers broke into tears hailing the verdict.

While nine people were arrested and charged for the crime, the court on Thursday acquitted Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali while the ninth accused Gopal Naskar died while the trial was on.

Even as he cried in joy, the victim's brother said he will be meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking reversal of the acquittal of the two accused. During the hearing for the quantum of punishment, the defence counsel contended that the case did not fall under the rarest of rare case and as such did not warrant death penalty.

 

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