In A First After Independence, Manipur Court Awards Death Penalty To Man

In Manipur this is the second death sentence awarded in the state since Independence and a first to a person charged with murder
In Manipur this is the second death sentence awarded in the state since Independence and a first to a person charged with murder

Imphal, February 6, 2019

A sessions court of Manipur on February 5th, 2019 awarded death sentence to a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend. The court has also directed the Manipur State Legal Services Authority to give the victim’s father Rs 10 lakh as compensation within 60 days.

The court terming it as one of the “rarest of rare” cases, as this is the second death sentence awarded in the state since Independence and a first to a person charged with murder.

Sessions Judge A Noutuneshwari convicted Yumkhaibam Rohit (29), in the murder case. He was convicted under Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC). The other convicts in the case are Y Md Farish Shah, Rehena and Farjina. Out of them, Shah has been awarded life imprisonment while Rehana and Farjina were given three years and six months of imprisonment.

As per reports, the victim had met Rohit on Facebook in February 2018 following which they entered into a relationship. The incident took place on August 14th, 2018, when the girl had pressured the Rohit to elope. On the said day, the duo was at Farish’s residence in Kshertrigao Thambalkhong Makha Leikai, Imphal East district of Manipur state when they had an argument. The situation turned ugly when Rohit hit the girl with a wooden stump and strangulated her with a rope. Farish also joined Rohit and smashed the girl’s head and fled with her ornaments.

After the incident came to light, the police started their investigation and submitted the charge sheet against the convicts on January 15th, 2019. The trial was completed within 20 days after the court examined and recorded the statement of 28 prosecution witnesses.