In his arguments on quantum of punishment, Nikam said, "This is a typical case of honor killing, where some upper caste had brutally murdered three youths belonging to the schedule tribe, just because one of the deceased was in love with the daughter of the accused."Deceased Sachin Gharu was an innocent man and in no way had made provocations for the violence.
The anger of the accused went up to the extent that they cut the hand and legs of Gharu in eight pieces and the same were recovered from the borewell by the police.The accused also killed the other two eye-witnesses Sandeep Thanwar and Rahul Kandhare, by throwing the former one in a septic tank, while hitting the latter on his head, in order to get rid of prosecution.
Those who were pronounced death penalty, the youngest convict is 23, the eldest is 52.On January 15, Judge RR Vaishnav had convicted 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 IPC.However, Ashok Phalke (44) was acquitted by the court after the prosecution failed to establish the charges against him.
The killings were prompted by an inter-caste love affair between Gharu and a girl from the Maratha community. The victims belonged to the backward Mehtar community.(UNI)