Court finds accused M Dhanabir guilty, sentence hearing on Oct 5

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL,4th Oct: Sessions Judge, Imphal West, Maibam Manojkumar on Thursday held accused Soibam Dhanabir (42) guilty in the murder of RK Ratanmala of Khurai Chingabam Leikai under various sections of IPC including section 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender). The Court will pronounce the quantum of punishment to be awarded to Dhanabir on October 8.

On January 29, 2010, Ratanmala alias Thoi alias Ithoi, daughter of Rohinikumar went out of home to meet Dhanabir, son of Tomba of Ningombam Mayai Leikai after a brief phone conversation. When she failed to return home, her family assumed she had eloped and waited for delivery of news the next day as per tradition. However, as no news of elopement was delivered on January 30, Ratanmala’s brother RK Sanjoysana Singh reported at Singjamei Police Station.

Around 4.30 pm of the same day, Ratanmala's body was found at Poila Loukol of Langthabal Phuramakhong. Singjamei PS then registered an FIR in connection with the case and launched investigation. During the investigation, accused Soibam Dhanabir surrendered to the police. After the investigation concluded, the investigating team submitted the case chargesheet to CJM Imphal West, who then referred the case to Sessions Judge Manipur East. On July 9, 2014, the Sessions Judge framed charges against Dhanabir under Sections 302 and 201 of IPC and then transferred the case to Sessions Court Imphal West on May 21, 2015.

According to the statement that Dhanabir given to the Court on January 29, 2010, after a brief phone conversation with Ratanmala, he picked her up in his Alto car from near the gate of her house at about 3 pm. Both of them drove along Airport Road and had a long talk all along the way. They then spent the night near the Water Supply Office at Ningombam Atom Leikai. Around 1.30 am on January 30, Dhanabir trapped Ratanmala, who was seated in the front seat of his car, in a body lock with his left arm while he strangulated her with his right hand. He then drove his car to a fish farm at Poila Loukol to dump the dead body. However, when he took Ratanmala’s body out of the car and tried to dump her there, Dhanabir discovered that she was still breathing. He strangulated her again and then smashed her head with a wrench from his toolbox before dumping her lifeless body in the area.

In all 24 prosecution witnesses took the stand but no defence witness was produced from Dhanabir’s side. On Thursday, the Sessions Judge Imphal West found Dhanabir guilty of all charges following which police arrested Dhanabir, who had been out on bail for a long time, and took him to Sajiwa jail. Meanwhile, Ratanmala’s family and people of her locality tried to assault Dhanabir when he was brought out from the Court. They also attacked the bulletproof vehicle in which Dhanabir was taken away.


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