Times of India
I P Singh, TNN Oct 11, 2011, 11.49AM IST
JALANDHAR: An appellate court of Dubai has not only confirmed the death sentence of an already convicted Punjabi man in the case of murder of two men from Kerala in 2009 but also awarded capital punishment to another Punjabi, who was earlier awarded life imprisonment by the trial court.
Ten other accused in the case - nine Punjabis and a Pakistani - have been sentenced to jail. The trial court had earlier awarded death sentence to Major Singh of Gurdaspur but the appellate court in its order on Monday also awarded capital punishment to Amarjit Singh of Batala.
Sentence of two convicts - Surinder Singh and Balwinder Singh - has been reduced from life term to 15 years, while the rest would face life term.
Dubai-based hotelier S P Singh Oberoi said that they had already engaged a lawyer to contest the case in Supreme Court. He said that he had been trying to locate the families of the two deceased men from Kerala, to reach a compromise, but had succeeded in his efforts. He added that they had requested the court that they be allowed to deposit blood money till the time the victims' families were found.
Two men from Kerala were killed in Dubai on January 1, 2009. Out of the 12 Punjabis accused of their murder, nine were convicted and sentenced in January last in a separate case of murder of another man from Kerala. Oberoi said that family of this man from Kerala could also not be found. The charges against them included intentional murder, bootlegging, consuming liquor and hiding evidence by concealing the body.
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