The Supreme Court has upheld death penalty to a young man Sonu Sardar, who
along with his brother and accomplices, killed 5 persons of a family, including
a woman and 2 children, in cold blood during a dacoity bid in Chhattisgarh's
Cher village in November, 2004.
A bench of Justices A K Patnaik and Swataner Kumar rejected the plea for
leniency advanced by the convict on the grounds that he was a young man and
that his role in the crime committed by 5 persons was not revealed by the
Justice Patnaik, writing the judgment for the bench, said: "5 members of a
family, including two minor children and the driver, were ruthlessly killed by
the use of a knife, an axe and an iron rod and with the help of four others.
The crime was obviously committed for money after pre-meditation with
absolutely no consideration for human lives."
The bench upheld concurrent views of the trial court as well as the
Chhattisgarh high court that the convict deserved capital punishment and said,
"Even though the appellant was young, his criminal propensities are beyond
reform and he is a menace to the society."
When the gang of 5 struck at the house of scrap-dealer Shamim Akhtar on
November 26, 2004, and demanded money by placing a knife on his neck, his
daughter Shabana (10) tried to come to Shamim's rescue. The accused attempted
to assault her too but she managed to give them a slip and ran away to the
house of her father's acquaintance.
She came back to the house with help to find the bodies of her father, mother
and 2 siblings along with their driver. The trial court had convicted the
accused mainly on the basis of Shabana's evidence, and the apex court felt that
there was no infirmity in the process of conviction recorded by the trial
(source: The Times of India)