Lifer for murder convict, told to pay `1.50 lakh fine

IMPHAL,8th oct: Soibam Dhanabir (42) who had been found guilty by the court for murdering his lover, destroying evidence and dumping her body at Poila Loukol, Phuramakhong was given life sentence and imposed a fine of Rs 1.50 lakh by the District and Sessions Judge, Imphal West on Monday. Dhanabir who was convicted on October 4 was produced before the District and Sessions Judge for the sentence hearing on Monday.

At the hearing, special public prosecutor emphasised that S Dhanabir did not only murdered his lover RK Ratanmala but also destroyed the evidences. The deceased was only 26 when she was killed after the accused assuring to marry her took her to an isolated place and murdered her in cold blood.

His crime is one of the gravest offences against women. As such, he deserved to be given the stringent punishment under IPC Section 201 and fined under IPC section 302, the special public prosecutor reasoned.

In reply, the defence counsel pleaded the court saying that S Dhanabir is a government recognised fish farmer who is working for the conservation and production of endangered fish ‘Pengba’. He has a wife and three children and has no other criminal record. It is also not rarest of rare cases and therefore the court should give him a life imprisonment under IPC Section 302.

After hearing both the counsels, District abd Sessions Judge, M Manojkumar Singh sentenced Soibam Dhanabir to rigorous life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh under IPC Section 302. In addition, he was given, under IPC section 201 seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000. The total fined amount of Rs 1.50 lakh would have paid to RK Ratanmala’s mother RK (o) N Ngangbi Devi and should be paid within six months of the Court’s order or from the day of the confirmation of the order by the Appellate Court. If the prisoner fails to deposit the fine amount then it will be deducted 50 per cent annually from his remuneration or from the income earned by him during his imprisonment and deposited to the Court.

The Court further recommended the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family as per an earlier ruling in a relevant case. After the declaration of the sentence by the Court, there were chaotic scenes outside the Court when S Dhanabir was brought out to be taken to the jail with victim’s family members and people of her locality to trying to attack him. He was hurriedly taken to the prisoner van which tried quickly to drive away but was halted with victim’s brother hanging to the window of the van trying to beat up the prisoner. Security personnel immediately pulled the peeved brother down and the van drove away from the Court premises.

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