Court awards life sentence to Mitha Khari murderers

Port Blair
23 Apr 2017

The trial court here has awarded life imprisonment to two accused in a murder case that occurred in the Mitha Khari region of South Andaman in the year 2011. The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Debasis Bandopadyaay found the accused Sajida Khan and Silash Singh guilty of  the offence under section 302/201/120(B) of IPC and pronounced the sentence on April 21. The Court, however, acquitted the third accused in the case, C. Abdul Majeed, for lack of evidence. The Additional Sessions Judge imposed punishment on the convicts to suffer rigorous imprisonment for life and to pay fine of Rs. 5000 each and in default of payment of fine, rigorous imprisonment for one year more for commission of offence of murder U/s 302/120 (B) of IPC. The Court of Additional Sessions Judge further imposed punishment upon the convict Sajida Khan and Silas Singh to suffer rigorous imprisonment for seven years and to pay fine of Rs. 2500  each for commission of offence U/s 201 of IPC. The punishment imposed upon the convicts will run concurrently.
The body of the victim, Feroz Khan, husband of the prime accused, Sajida Khan was found by labourers at the sea shore of Mitha Khari on February 16. Subsequently, a case was registered at PS Ogrbraj against unknown persons. Detailed investigation by the police revealed that Smt Sajida Khan, her husband Feroz Khan, Silas Singh @ Kurid and C. Abdul Majeed went to Mitha Khari jetty along with the minor son of Sajida Khan on February 5, 2011. Smt Sajida Khan and Silas Singh committed murder of Firoz Khan at Mitha Khari jetty and thereafter tied cloth on the neck of the body and other end of cloth was tied to a gunny bag. The stone was filled up in the gunny bag and the body was thrown into the water near Mitha Khari jetty. But, the body was found floating near sea shore of Andaman Coconut Plantation at Mitha Khari and Mr. Satya Pal informed the incident to the police of PS Ograbraj.  The investigation was conducted by then SHO Sahil Samsuddeen and submitted the chargesheet.