ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Three persons accused in the Bomjen Gapak murder case have been awarded life imprisonment along with 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment.
The sentence for accused Ramesh Taku, Bagra Taku, and Bangram Sangyo was read out by Yupia West Sessions Judge Jaweplu Chai on 6 February while disposing of SESS Case No 220/2013 u/s 302/326/201/34.
Gapak, an 18-year-old engineering student, died in an attack by a group of youths at Legi Complex here on 27 May, 2013. The police subsequently arrested seven persons for their involvement in the murder.
The sessions judge in her ruling stated: ‘After having gone through the entire facts and circumstances, I do hereby sentence the convicts Ramesh Taku, Bagra Taku and Bangram Sangyo to undergo imprisonment for life and pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each, in default of payment of fine to undergo further severe imprisonment for two months each for offence punishable u/s 302 IPC. (They are) also sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 each in default of payment of fine to undergo further severe imprisonment for one month each for offence punishable u/s 326 IPC.’
The sentences shall run concurrently. The other four accused have been acquitted.
Speaking to The Arunachal Times, the deceased’s father, Tabom Gapak on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the ruling and said justice has not been denied even though it took more than four years.
“We still want capital punishment for all the accused involved in the crime and will not leave any stone unturned to seek justice for our son. If the accused should appeal the verdict, we will contest it till justice is served,” Gapak said, adding that criminals and murderers cannot be allowed to roam free in the society.