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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bhopal: Rape convict gets death sentence

TNN | Dec 24, 2013, 04.30AM IST

BHOPAL: A sessions court in Sagar district awarded capital punishment to a 20-year-old youth, who had raped and murdered a six-year-old girl on December 7, 2012. Additional district judge's court found Vijay Raikwar guilty of luring the girl to his house, raping and strangulating her to death. Vijay's friend, Rajan Raikwar, who was also booked by police, was acquitted by the court as prosecution failed to produce evidences against him during trial.

Rajan was charge-sheeted for tampering and destroying evidence. The girl was a Class I student who lived with her parents at a village under Rehli police station area. After returning from school on that day, she went to Vijay's house to meet his friend, Rahan. Though Rajan was not inside the house, Rajan took her in and raped her. Later he strangulated her to death fearing she would reveal the matter to her parents. He covered her body in a sheet and left it abandoned near a pond at the village outskirts.

Meanwhile, when the girl did not return home till 8 pm, her parents started a search in the locality. One of their neighbours informed that she was last seen at Vijay's house. And when her parents reached Vijay's house, her clothes were recovered. He initially pleaded ignorance but when interrogated by the police, confessed to his crime. 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Rape-convict-gets-death-sentence/articleshow/27812460.cms [last accessed on 04.03.2015]

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