Life imprisonment for accused Kajum Bagra in Kenjum Kamsi murder case

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jun 5: The prime accused Kajum Bagra in the Kenjum Kamsi murder case has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Basar West Sessions Division Additional District and Session Court Judge, Lobsang Tenzin on Tuesday last, while disposing of State of Arunachal Pradesh vs Kajum Bagra case no. 19/17 (U/S 302 IPC r/w sec. 27(1) of Arms Act).
The judgment came nearly over two years after 34 yr old Kajum Bagra, who is the son of present Minister for industry, skill development, textile and handicrafts, trade and commerce, Tumke Bagra, allegedly shot dead 40 yr old Kenjum Kamsi near Hotel Aalo West in Aalo on the night of 27 March, 2017 following an altercation.
The duo had an argument over some work on the phone prior to the shooting incident.
The argument was reportedly over several projects under SIDF and SADA as the victim had allegedly filed complaints against the accused in several departments asking them not to release bills.
A CCTV footage at that the time of the incident captured the entire incident that occurred between 10 to 10:30 pm. Reportedly, the deceased Kenjum Kamsi was standing at the parking lot near the hotel when the accused, Kajum Bagra came in a white Scorpio (registration No. AR01F 0217) with his younger brother and shot Kamsi on the head from point blank range, without any provocation or argument.
Kenjum, a father of three, had succumbed to his injury on the way to Pasighat. Later, Kajum Bagra surrendered before the police.
The Additional Sessions Judge, in his ruling stated, “In consideration of all the above factors, the convict Sri Kajum Bagra is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life for having committed the offence of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the convict shall also pay a fine of Rs. 5,000/- (five thousand only), in default, the convict shall undergo rigorous imprisonment of 2 (Two) months. As the convict is sentenced to undergo life imprisonment, the benefit of Sections 360/ 428 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and section 4 of the Probation of Offenders Act, 1958 shall not be available to him. If the fine is recovered then the same shall be paid to the widow of the deceased.”
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges and have the option of seeking appeal in a higher court.