BANGALORE: A fast track court has sentenced four people to life imprisonment in connection with the shocking murder of a Nepalese couple in 2010.
The four, identified as Santhosh (29) from West Bengal, Vivek alias Bikas (30) from Darjeeling and Pradeep (27) and Preetham (29) from Nepal, were in jail for the last four years as under-trial prisoners.
They were booked for murdering Amrit Rai (35) and his wife Janaki (30) for gain, in February 2010, by slitting their throats.
Rai’s body was found on the morning of February 2, near the fence of the Agara lake where it had fallen when the four had tried to throw it over the lake. Janaki’s body was found, with her head almost severed, at their residence in Bellandur, on the same evening. Both the Central Crime Branch and the HSR Layout police investigated the case which had shocked the city, a police official said.
The four were known to the victims and had had dinner at their home before they murdered the couple.
They were booked under section 302 (murder) and section 392 (robbery) read with section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC.
Santhosh, Vivek, Pradeep and Preetham have been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a penalty of `5,000 each, and are entitled to a set period of four years and seven months that they served as under-trial prisoners.