Shimla: The District and Sessions Court on Wednesday awarded death sentence to the three convicts in the sensational kidnapping and murder case of four-year-old Yug Gupta in 2014. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Death Sentence Upheld as SC Rejects Review Plea; Convict Can File Mercy Plea, Says Bench
On August 6, the court had held Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi guilty of kidnapping for murder, wrongful confinement to extort property and causing disappearance of evidence of offence. Also Read - Iran Captures 17 'CIA Spies', Sentences Some to Death as Conflict With West Escalates
Yug Gupta was kidnapped on June 14, 2014 from Shimla’s Ram Bazaar locality. Two years later, the skeleton of the missing boy was found in the water tank of municipal corporation at Keleston. Also Read - Alwar Court Sentences Accused to Death For Rape, Murder of 4-year-old Girl
The details of the case were so shocking that it created a nationwide outage, with the public demanding capital punishment to the guilty.
Yug was abducted from the busy Ram Bazar of Shimla and killed after seven days even before a ransom call was made. Chander lured him by offering a chocolate and took him to Tajender’s godown situated just above the shop of Yug’s father. Later, he was bundled him in a cardboard box and taken to Chander’s rented house at Ramchandra Chowk in Tejinder’s vehicle.
His skeletal remains were recovered from a water tank of the Shimla Municipal Corporation in the Kelston area on August 21, 2016, after the inquiry was handed over to the CID.
Yug’s father Vinod Gupta had filed a missing complaint at the Sadar police station the same day. A criminal case was registered on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of Rs 3.6 crore was received on June 27. Three more ransom letters were received subsequently.
As per the prosecution, Yug was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into a water tank tied to a heavy stone. On January 29, 2016, some MC employees found his skeleton while cleaning the tank after the jaundice outbreak.
The CID team recovered a mobile phone from one of the accused and found that some clips had been had been deleted. The clips, later restored by forensic experts showed a little boy whose hands were tied and mouth gagged. The accused had allegedly dumped the boy in the water tank after tying him with a stone in semi-conscious condition and the skeleton was taken out eight months ago when the Municipal Corporation staff was cleaning the tank in the wake of jaundice outbreak.