INDIA: DEATH FOR NINE IN MURDER CASE
December 16, 2008: Fast Track Court-II and Additional Sessions Judge Javed Pasha sentenced nine peope to death and six co-accused to life imprisonment in a murder case. Fifteen others were fined Rs. 45,000 each.
All the accused, convicted of murdering four members of a family in August 2005, are housed in Hindalga Central Jail. Sundaresh Basavanneppa Udakeri, 20, Siddappa Chandranaik Revannavar, 26, Siddalingappa, alias Mudakapa Chandraniak Revannavar, 24, Kalmesh Shankreppa Udakeri, 21, Rajashekhar Chanabasappa Udakeri, 38, Bhagwant Nagappa Udakeri, 30, Chandranaik Mallanaik Revannavar, 51, Erappa Basavaneppa Udakeri, 18, and Shankreppa Chanabasappa Udakeri, 53, were all sentenced to death.
According to Superintendent Sonia Narang, who was the then Additional Superintendent of Police in Bailhongal, the accused murdered Siddalingappa Fakeerappa Wadder, Mallappa Siddalingappa Wadder, Nagappa Siddalingappa Wadder and Ratnavva Suresh Wadder on August 30, 2005.
The accused and the victims were neighbours in the village at Murkibhavi in Bailhongal taluk. The motive for the crime is said to be long-drawn animosity between the families. (Sources: The Hindu, 17/12/2008)