February 9, 2012

Youth jailed for life for killing man for Rs 2,000, fined Rs 1 lakh

A youth, who had stabbed to death a man for a "trivial" amount of Rs 2,000, has been sentenced to life term by a Delhi court which said the convict appeared to be a "desperate character".

The court awarded life imprisonment to 27-year-old Mukesh for murdering Sanjit, 30, after he failed to repay him (Mukesh) a loan of Rs 2,000.

It also slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on him.

"Considering the fact that convict (Mukesh) murdered young Sanjit aged around 30 years for trivial amount of Rs 2000, he appears to be a man of desperate character.

"He has criminal antecedents and is said to be a registered bad character of Kalyanpuri area. He has the history of involvement in several criminal cases including armed robbery, section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC and Arms Act," Additional Sessions Judge Surinder S Rathi said.

The court said that the fine amount of Rs one lakh, if paid by Mukesh, shall be given to the victim's family, living in Meerut, as a token of compensation.

"In the case in hand hapless poor boy Sanjit was murdered just because he failed to return the loan amount of Rs 2,000. Mukesh stabbed the deceased near his chest and caused fatal injury. He fled from the spot leaving Sanjit profusely bleeding and writhing in pain to die," the judge said.

According to police, Sanjit had taken a loan of Rs 5,000 from Mukesh in 2010, of which he had already returned Rs 3,000. In July, 2010, when the two met in Shahdara, Mukesh demanded the balance money back but Sanjit expressed his inability to repay the amount immediately.

It said Mukesh then became infuriated and stabbed the victim and fled the spot. Passersby tried to chase him but in vain. They then took Sanjit to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.