Man sentenced to life in 2014 Bundi murder case in Rajasthan
A special court in Bundi on Friday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the murder of an 18-year-old woman more than eight years ago.
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) tribunal also slapped the 30-year-old convict with a fine of Rs 75,000 for the murder in Bundi town in February 2014.
POCSO II Tribunal Judge, Balkrishan Mishra, found Shamsher Suman, a resident of Devpura district of the city, guilty under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the sentenced to seven years in prison. under the respective Sections, Attorney General (PP), POCSO – II Tribunal, Mahaveer Meghwal said.
The woman’s father filed a missing report at the Bundi town police station on February 5, 2014, stating that she left home for training on February 3 and did not return home, a- he said.
At least nine days later, the woman’s body was found in a well near Bundi railway station, he said.
Police registered a murder and rape case under Articles 366, 376, 302 and 201 of the ICC against an unidentified person and opened the investigation, the prosecutor said.
The investigation revealed that Suman lured the woman and took her with him on February 3, 2014 and allegedly raped her, strangled her to death and threw the body in the well near the train station, he said.
The police arrested the accused and filed the indictment in the POCSO court after completing the investigation into the case. The accused, however, was released from jail on bail, Meghwal said.
While the court convicted Suman of the woman’s murder, the rape charge was not proven, according to the prosecutor.
The statements of at least 29 witnesses were recorded and 94 documents were produced in court during the trial, he said.
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