Friday, July 3, 2015

Court orders husband’s death in Oxytown murder

TNN | Jun 12, 2015, 04.53AM IST

KOLKATA: An Alipore court has sentenced the mastermind in the Oxytown murder case to death. The court ordered life imprisonment for his conduit who played a role in executing the murder plan. Alipore court judge, Siddhartha Kanjilal, told mastermind and victim's husband Avik Ghosh on Thursday: "You have killed your wife deliberately. You didn't care for your children even. I am convinced that you masterminded the murder. I sentence you to death." Avik tried to argue with the judge that he has worked in responsible posts and always led a clean life while pleading innocence. 

The judge then turned to his conduit Somnath Tanti. "You have committed crime for the first time. Taking this into consideration, I sentence you for life. Try to lead the rest of your life in a civilized manner," the judge said. Lawyers of the convicts will move the higher court challenging the Alipore court order. 

The murder dates back to September 2010 at Oxytown in Behala's Sarsuna area when housewife Mousumi Ghosh was killed under mysterious circumstances. Her father alleged husband Avik was putting pressure on her daughter for a divorce. With Mousumi refusing to give a divorce, her husband, an engineer posted in Bihar, hired 'supari' killers who came to their Oxytown house when Mousumi was alone and executed the murder plan. Her husband had made a doctor's appointment for his mother to take her away from home. 

The 30-year old woman was found lying in the room with her throat slit while her domestic help, Parul, succumbed to a critical head injury. The killers had spared Mousumi's two-year old son Avirup who witnessed the murder. Her husband tried to project the incident as a robbery attempt gone futile. 

The Alipore court earlier acquitted three of Somnath's conduits — Safiq Ahmed Khan, Sadaf Pervez and Sheikh Israfin — for "lack of evidence". The public prosecutor had presented 31 witnesses before the court, including Thakurpukur police's investigating officer Joydeep Banerjee. The area is now under Kolkata Police's Sarsuna police station. "Based on evidence, the two accused were sentenced under IPC sections 302/109/396 and 120 (B)," said a source. He said that it was the failure of the jewellers, who had bought the stolen ornaments of Mousumi in 2010, in identifying three of Somnath's conduits that they managed to walk free. 

Soon after Mousumi married Avik in 2006, the latter started putting pressure on her for dowry. So much so that Mousumi's father Sankar Dutta put it on record in his police complaint. Sources said Mousumi was Avik's second wife. He had also allegedly tortured his first wife. Later, police arrested three youths — Somnath Tanti, Sadaf Parvez and Safique Ahmed Khan — from Thakurpukur in November 2010 as a laptop went missing from the murder spot and it was lying with them. Police had stated in the chargesheet that the trio murdered Mousumi and Parul. Somnath knew Avik because the latter's father used to work in this house as a mason, police stated in the chargesheet. So, Mousumi knew Somnath and had opened the door to let him in on the day of the murder.

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