The Hush Post: The three convicts in the Yug murder case in Shimla have been sentenced to death. The verdict was given by the District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh. He delivered the judgment while standing in an open court.
At the same time, the judge gave a time of one month to file an appeal in the High Court. The three accused sentenced to death are Chander, Tajender and Vikrant Bakshi. Earlier, the Sessions Judge held all three guilty in the murder of Yug.
Abducted from the busy Ram Bazaar area in the heart of the town on June 14, 2014, Yug was killed on June 21, even before the first ransom demand was made. Yug’s father Vinod Gupta had filed a missing person’s report at the Sadar police station the very same day. A criminal case was lodged on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of Rs 3.6 crore was received on June 27. Three more ransom letters were received later. The case was transferred to the state CID on August 14.
As per the preliminary investigations, the victim was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into a water tank tied to a rock. On January 29, 2016, some MC employees found a skeleton while cleaning the tank after the jaundice outbreak. However, they threw it away presuming it to be of an animal and did not inform the police.
Angry protests had broken out in the town with residents demanding death sentence to the three accused, who were booked under Sections 302, 201, 342, 364 A and 120 B of IPC.
Later, the CID crime branch filed a challan in the court on October 25, 2016. The murder had shocked the entire town and enraged residents agitated endlessly and candle marches were taken out to express their rage, demanding capital punishment for the accused.
The timeline of events:
- June 14, 2014: Yug was kidnapped from Ram Bazaar.
- June 14: His father Vinod Gupta went to the police.
- June 16: A case was lodged at the Sadar police station.
- June 17: Ransom letter demanding Rs 3.6 crore received.
- June 21: Tied with a stone, Yug was dumped alive in a water tank.
- August 14: Case transferred to state CID crime branch.
- October 25: CID Crime branch files charge sheet in court.