LIFE IMPRISONMENT TO FOUR ACCUSED AND TEN YEARS RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT TO OTHER ONE ACCUSED IN A CASE RELATING TO MURDER OF SH. SANJAY KUMAR SINGH, THEN DFO.

Press Release
New Delhi, 05.07.2017

            The District & Sessions Judge Sasaram (Bihar) has today sentenced five accused in a case relating to murder of Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh, then DFO, Shahabad Division, Sasaram. The four accused, namely Nirala Yadav; Ram Bachan; Lalan Singh & Nitish Kumar Oraon, all to undergo Life Imprisonment U/s 302 r/w 149 of IPC with fine of Rs.1,00,000/-; Life Imprisonment with fine of Rs.1,00,000/- U/s 3(2)(a) of the POTA; three years Rigorous Imprisonment U/s 148 of IPC; two years Rigorous Imprisonment U/s 353 r/w 149 of IPC; six months Simple Imprisonment U/s 323 r/w 149 of IPC; three years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 5,000/- U/s 27 of Arms Act; 14 years Simple Imprisonment U/s 22(5) of the POTA and fifth accused Sudama Uraon to undergo 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 5,000/- U/s 20 of POTA.

            The Court further directed that all the sentences of the convicts Nitish Kumar Uraon, Lallan Singh & Ram Bachan shall run concurrently. However, Nirala Yadav, Commander of the group shall first undergo sentence U/s 22(5) of POTA, 27 of Arms Act, 148, 353 r/w 149 & 323 of IPC concurrently before commencement of Life Sentence U/s 3(2)(a) of POTA & 302 r/w 149 IPC and these both the sentence run concurrently.

            CBI registered this case on 22.03.2002 on the request of Govt. of Bihar & further Notification from Govt of India and took up investigation of case earlier registered vide FIR No.4/2002 dated 15.02.2002 at Police Station Nauhata, District Rohtash (Bihar). It was alleged that on 14.02.2002, few persons of village Rehal had gone to village Daleli, District Garhwa (Jharkhand) for the marriage of Sh. Lalmuni @ Bilath Yadav with Ms. Shail Devi and was to return on 15.02.2002. A group of MCC naxalites armed with weapons under the leadership of Area Commander, Sh. Nirala Yadav had gathered in village Rehal to create trouble for the marriage of Ms. Shail Devi whose marriage was earlier almost settled with Sh. Ram Bachan Yadav, a naxalite. Subsequently, the marriage of Ms. Shail Devi was settled with Sh. Lalmuni as the family members of Ms. Shail Devi came to know about Sh. Ram Bachan Yadav being a worker of MCC. On 15.02.2002, when Sh. Sanjay Kumar Singh, DFO, Shahabad Division, Sasaram (Bihar) and his officials reached the Forest Range Office in village Rehal, they were surrounded by the aforesaid naxalites. Rs. Five lakh was demanded from the DFO by the naxalites but he refused to pay. The DFO, Sh. Sanjay Kumar Singh was forcibly taken away from the village inside the jungle by the naxalites, where he was shot dead on the instructions of Area Commander Sh. Nirala Yadav.

            After thorough investigation, CBI filed Chargesheet/supplementary chargesheets U/s 147, 148, 149, 341, 323, 353, 302 of IPC and Section 27 of Arms Act, 3(2)(1) & 22(5) POTA against accused persons in the year 2006-2009.

            The Trial Court found five accused persons guilty and convicted them on 21.06.2017.



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