NAGPUR: Seven years after a 19-year-old girl from Kalmeshwar was raped and murdered in a gruesome manner, the court on Friday sentenced the perpetrators — two hardened criminals — to the gallows. Rakesh Kamble (25), a resident of Gaurakshan slums in Wardha, and Amarsing Thakur (27), from Bajrang Nagar in city, were convicted for kidnapping, murder, and rape of Kanchan Meshram, a resident of Lonara slums in Kalmeshwar on December 18, 2005.
These two join seven others in the 'death penalty' club of Nagpur court over the last five years.
Looking at the past criminal record of the accused duo, including
fleeing from police custody, the third district and sessions judge Vibha
Ingle had no hesitation in putting the dastardly act under "rarest of
rare" category. "They be hanged by neck till dead," the court mentioned
while reading out an operative order in the packed courtroom.
Apart from the capital punishment, the duo was awarded lifer for gang
rape, 20 years rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping for murder and
another 10 years for criminal intimidation and trespassing into house at
night. They were also fined Rs 22,000 on various counts. All the jail
terms will run concurrently, the court ordered.
duo was acquitted of charges under the Arms Act and Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Citing testimony
of 19 witnesses, including the girl's parents, brother and other
villagers, assistant public prosecutor (APP) Kalpana Pande strongly
advocated the maximum punishment, contending that the accused were
serial offenders and showed no signs of reformation.
was tight inside and outside the courtroom, considering the fact that
the accused duo had a history of fleeing from custody and had created
trouble every time they were brought for a hearing. Even Sadar PI
Rajratan Bansod was personally present. There was no remorse on the
faces of the convicts when the verdict was announced and they even
threatened media persons with dire consequences.
The night of horror
Pande said the history-sheeter duo were friends with a cousin of the
deceased and used to tease her. A few days before the incident, Kanchan
had even rapped Rakesh for indecent behaviour and thrown a slipper at
him. An enraged Rakesh then decided to teach her a lesson. He barged
into the girl's small hut with Amarsing at about 3am, when she was
sleeping with her parents and brother. Both were armed with knives and a
Sensing trouble, Kanchan's mother
signalled her to escape. She ran away from home and took shelter under
the bed in her uncle's house. However, the goons entered by breaking
open the front door and dragged her out. Her parents and other villagers
tried their best to stop them, but the goons brandished their weapons
to keep them at bay while taking her away.
Kanchan's naked body was found at a nearby farm with 14 injuries,
including stab marks and scratches on her private parts. Her blood
stained clothes were lying all over the farm and blood was found
splattered at many places, providing ample testimony of the spine
chilling torment she underwent. The post mortem report confirmed her
rape and murder.
The accused had fled to an unknown place after
committing the crime. After a complaint was lodged at Kalmeshwar
police, Rakesh was arrested at Khamgaon in Buldhana on June 6, 2006, six
months after the incident. However, it took over five years for the
police to nab the other accused Amarsing on May 29, 2005. In fact, he
was arrested by Gwalior police for some other offence and was brought to the city for this case.