Karachi: 4 awarded death sentence in double murder case
Karachi: A Judicial Complex judge has handed down a double death sentence to four men for murdering two maids. The additional district and sessions judge (East) of the Judicial Complex, Sagheer Ahmed Sheikh, awarded death sentences on Wednesday to a security guard of a bungalow in the Defence Housing Authority, Rehan Bengali, and his three accomplices, Haroon, Javed and Abu Bakr, who were convicted of killing two maids six years ago.
The judge also fined all the four Rs10,000 each, and in case of default they would undergo another six months’ imprisonment. Rehan Bengali pleaded guilty to murdering Shanti and Rani in March 2005.
In a police statement, Bengali was quoted as having said that he had slaughtered the maids. Asim Solangi, the deputy district public prosecutor, in his statement, said that Bengali had intended to kill and did not seem worried about being arrested.
Sagheer Ahmed Sheikh on Wednesday concluded that the prosecution was successful in establishing its case beyond any shadow of doubt.
According to the prosecution, Rehan Bengali, along with his accomplices, Kamran, Javed, Abu Bakr and Haroon, had planned to rob the house of Jehan Ara on March 21, 2005. Upon resistance from the maids, Rani and Shanti, they killed them by slitting their throats.
They also tied the hands of Jehan Ara, who was reciting the Holy Quran in her room. They then stole about Rs17,000, $2,700 and two diamond rings and escaped. Kamran is still absconding.
The case was registered at the Defence Police Station on March 24, 2005, on the complaint of Sohail Rasheed. All the four, who had already been in detention, were remanded back to jail along with the conviction warrants.