From our Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, Jan 7: In the much awaited judgement pronounced today on the murder of Arhar Ahmed alias Naaz, a college student of Karimganj, the District and Sessions Judge awarded death sentence to the mastermind of the crime, Salim Uddin, and the driver of his vehicle, Hifjur Rahman, life imprisonment to Hussain Ahmed and Raju Ahmed while Rajni Talukdar and Sultan Uddin 10 years imprisonment. All the 6 accused were charge-sheeted for kidnapping, murder and for demanding ransom money under various sections of Indian Penal Code.
Large crowd of curious people had assembled before the Court compound to hear the judgement. There was heavy deployment of security drawn from the police and the CRPF to control the people and to deal with any situation. They had a trying time to control the crowd when the 6 accused were made to board the waiting prison van.
It is to be recalled that 7 others who were also charge-sheeted in the case were released unconditionally by the presiding Judge. The judgement pronouncing various sentences as punishment to the 6 accused was greeted with applaud by the people who waited for punishment to the guilty for the heinous crime.
According to legal circles in the border town of Karimganj, the judgement was historic and unprecedented. Never before in the judicial history of Karimganj, death sentence has been awarded to two accused in one case. In a case of arson at Bethubari in 2009, one accused was sentenced to death by the Court here.