Main accused gets death sentence; accomplice acquitted 

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Twin rape-murder, dumping of bodies in train toilets: Verdict pronounced 

HT Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, Oct 3: Sivasagar District & Sessions Judge on Thursday awarded death sentence to one Bikash Das for raping two women before murdering them and dumping their bodies in train toilets last year. The court, however, acquitted Bikash’s alleged accomplish Bipin Pandey for lack of evidence on September 27.

Besides holding him guilty for his offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), Judge SK Poddar also awarded Das rigorous life imprisonment for offence punishable under 376(1) of IPC (rape) and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

“If he fails to pay the fine, his sentence would continue for another three months”, the court said.

A 21-year-old student of Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, was on July 10, 2018, found lying murdered with a ‘gamosa’ tied around her neck in the toilet of an empty coach of Kamakhya Express at Simaluguri Railway Junction in Sivasagar district.

The next day, on July 11, the body of a middle-aged woman was recovered from the toilet of a coach meant for physically challenged people of Dibrugarh-Rajasthan Avadh Assam Express.

The woman, too, had a ‘gamosa’ tied around her neck with blood oozing out of the nose.

Das was nabbed on July 12 from Tinsukia Railway Junction. He confessed to have raped and murdered the two women along with an accomplice. The RPF and police officers had said that Das was apprehended after a security man noticed him with a ‘gamosa’, similar to the one used for stifling the two victims.

The police had also recovered the mobile phones of the victims from him, a pair of earrings which belonged to the student and an anklet of the middle-aged woman, the officials added. Special Investigative Team formed for investigating the two murder cases under DIG Ram Kumar Mina swung into action and arrested the duo from Tinsukia railway station on July 12. The two accused were remanded to 12-day police custody following which the legal process began in Sivasagar District and Session Court.

After chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the case to be tried in Fast Track Court, the Sivasagar District and Session judge passed the judgement within 15 months.

While pronouncing the verdict, the court said that Das’s death sentence, however, is subject to confirmation by the Gauhati High Court, adding that he has been informed about his right to appeal against the judgment in a higher court. The family and well wishers of the victim have expressed satisfaction over the verdict. “The families of the deceased have been given justice by this judgement,” lawyer Anil Dutta told reporters.

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