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Death penalty awarded to the man for murdering and raping an engineering student in Ranchi

Pronouncing the quantum of punishment on Saturday, the court also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on the convict.
by Siddhu Manchikanti | December 22, 2019 11:29 IST
Death penalty awarded to the man for murdering and raping an engineering student in Ranchi

A CBI court on Saturday awarded the death penalty to a man who had raped an engineering student and later burnt her to death in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi in 2016. The case had registered the next day and was later handed over to the Jharkhand CID. The crime came to light when the victim’s sister, who was in the family home in Ramgarh district, failed to get through to her over the phone.
 
The CBI, during its investigation, found that the accused was a habitual offender and had been in Lucknow jail in connection with another rape. Further investigation revealed that Raj, 23, was absconding and had a criminal past.
 
Reports said that police reached Raj’s village and took blood samples of his parents. The DNA test revealed a match with the samples lifted off the victim. The CBI filed the charge sheet on September 13, 2019, and the court framed the charges on October 25. Raj, an auto-rickshaw driver, had come to Ranchi in 2016. He had reportedly been keeping an eye on the victim for a while before attacking her.


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