Twelve guilty for murder of ex-MLA
The trial in the over three-decades-old murder case of former Congress MLA Parimal Saha finally moved towards resolution today with 12 of the 17 accused being pronounced guilty by the additional district and sessions judge Satya Brata Dutta. The sentence will be pronounced tomorrow.
- Published 30.04.16
Agartala, April 29: The trial in the over three-decades-old murder case of former Congress MLA Parimal Saha finally moved towards resolution today with 12 of the 17 accused being pronounced guilty by the additional district and sessions judge Satya Brata Dutta. The sentence will be pronounced tomorrow.
Special prosecutor advocate Samrat Kar Bhowmik said the guilty have been charged under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly arms), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common objective), 326 (causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon), 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (deliberate murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy to commit offence) of the IPC and Section 3 of Explosive Substances Act.
"The maximum punishment for these offences is death and the minimum is life imprisonment," Bhowmik said.
All the convicted persons were directly or indirectly associated with the Left.
Sharadindu Chakraborty, one of the defence lawyers, said they would file an appeal in high court against today's order.
Bhowmik said initially 25 people were chargesheeted but seven of them have died while one Mafiz Mia, a driver, absconded.
"The remaining 17 had been on trial since September last year. Of them, Arun Kumar Saha, Tapan Kumar Das, Satya Ranjan Das, Chand Mia and Uttam Kumar Saha were acquitted owing to lack of evidence. But the remaining 12 - Sasthi Chakraborty, Uttam Saha, Mrinal Sengupta, Pradul Sengupta, Bijoy Kumar Das, Kajal Roy, Abhay Bhusan, Chinmoy Ghosh, Hiranmoy Ghosh, Sukhendu Bikash Das, Babul Das and Sajal Kumar Sarkar - were found guilty," he said.
He said Parimal Saha was murdered on April 7, 1983, and the trial started in 1986. But the trial made no progress since the defence allegedly resorted to delaying tactics.
"It was in July last year that Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, Deepak Kumar Gupta, reviewed pending cases and found the Saha murder case was still pending. He passed an order for immediate trial and its conclusion."
Saha, the Congress MLA from Charilam, was allegedly hacked to death by CPM cadres, at Office Tilla under Bishalgarh police station on April 7, 1983.