Ranchi, Sept. 13: Jharkhand High Court today set aside a death penalty imposed on three convicts and acquitted them of all charges of the murder of six persons of a family in a Palamau village in 2006 for want of evidence and improper investigation by the police.
The court of Justices D.N. Patel and Prashant Kumar was hearing appeals filed by Janeshwar Paswan, Ashok Paswan and Rajendra Paswan, who had been accused in the brutal killings at Siva Biga village in Hussainabad police station area on August 27, 2006.
The incident occurred at night when the accused, including Sarju Paswan and Ram Vilas Mochi, attacked the house of one Ram Vinesh Ram.
Ram was targeted in the incident but survived with injuries and reported the murders to the police on the next day. Ram said that he along with his father Sutai Ram, wife Barati Devi, sons Surajmal and Aditya and his two daughters Urmila and Liloti were attacked. The criminals tied up their hands, killed everyone except Ram before throwing their bodies in Sone River.
Ram said he managed to save himself by jumping in the river and was swept away in the current.
The court of Palamau district and sessions judge Vishnu Kant Sahay had ordered death penalty on the accused, holding it to be the “rarest of rare” case, on May 14 this year. The high court, however, set aside the sentence and allowed the appeal leading to the acquittal of the accused.