Sonai honour killing case: Six men sentenced to death for killing three Dalit youth in Maharashtra in 2013
A local court awarded the death sentence to six people in the 2013 Sonai honour killing case, in which three Dalit youths were killed in Ahmednagar district
Nashik: A local court sentenced six people to death in the 2013 Sonai honour killing case, in which three Dalit youths were killed in Ahmednagar district.
Judge RR Vaishnav sentenced the six to death and also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 each on them for killing the Dalit youths, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters on Saturday.
The three youths were brutally killed in Sonai village on 1 January, 2013, and their mutilated body parts were found in a septic tank.
On 15 January, the judge had convicted the six men — Popat alias Raghunath Darandale (52), Ramesh Darandale (42), Prakash
Darandale (38), Ganesh alias Pravain Darandale (23), Ashok Navgire (32) and Sandeep Kurhe (37) — all residents of Ahmednagar district, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The six were convicted on various charges including murder and criminal conspiracy for killing Sachin Gharu (24), Sandeep Thanvar (25) and Rahul Kandare (20).
According to the police, the killings were prompted by an intercaste love affair between Gharu and a girl from the Maratha community.
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