The Delhi High Court has upheld the conviction of three persons for murdering a man from their village in Bihar in revenge for the beating they had been given by the victim's family.

The trial court had sentenced the three to life imprisonment.

The convicts -- Riken, Deepak and Samunder -- had strangled Ramesh Rai in Sarai Rohilla here in 2004. Thereafter they had thrown the body on the railway track near a crossing. The body was identified when the police went to Bihar to contact the victim's family.

They identified the body through a tailor's sticker fixed on the victim's pants. Later they also narrated the motive of the murder in their statements to the police by referring to the quarrel between the accused and the victim and later convening of a panchayat in their village to resolve the dispute.

The prosecution proved the case on the basis of circumstantial evidence. The recovery of the rope with which the accused had strangulated the victim, the matching of the blood of the victim with that found on the T-shirt of one of the accused and the establishment of the motive of revenge proved the case against the convicts.

Counsel for defence tried to derail the case of the prosecution by citing certain discrepancies and inconsistencies in the prosecution evidence but the Court rejected it saying such incoherence does occur. Dismissing the appeals against their conviction by the trial court, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Manmohan Singh said: “Under these circumstances, the accused have committed the murder of Ramesh Rai with ulterior motive to take revenge. In our opinion, the trial judge has given very cogent reasons for convicting the appellants. Therefore, the prosecution has been able to prove the guilt of the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt and all the circumstances have been proved.”

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