11 to be hanged for woman’s murder
Eleven persons, including a former Trinamool Congress leader, were awarded death penalty by Nadia district court today for killing a woman to grab government land about 14 months ago.
Judge Partha Sarathi Mukhopadhyay slapped death penalty on the 11 accused for shooting to death Aparna Bag on November 23, 2014. One accused, Manabesh Biswas is still absconding.
The 11 were convicted yesterday and the punishment was pronounced by the court today. They were charged under Section 9B of Explosive, 27/35 of the Arms Act, 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (murder) of the IPC.
One of the convicts is former Krishnaganj Trinamool Congress leader Lankeswar Ghosh, but the ruling party said he was not its member.
The woman was killed when Ghosh, along with his gang, tried to seize land at Ghungragachhi under Krishnaganj block. The land belongs to Refugee Rehabilitation Department of the West Bengal Government.
The land was being tilled by 55 families for long and they claimed to have its possession. Some had even sold portions they claimed were theirs.
On November 23, 2014, Ghosh and his men reached there on a tractor and tried to forcibly take possession of the land. They faced resistance by the tillers. A clash broke out and three women received bullet injuries. Aparna Bag was hit on the chest and died. Shyamali Tarafdar was hit on the jaw while Latika Tarafdar suffered head injury. A student, Rajiv Mondal, also suffered bullet injury on his leg. The three, however, recovered later.
Aparna’s two daughters Devika and Nilima were the main witnesses.
Those sentenced to death were Ghosh, Palash Ghosh, Sanat Ghosh, Shyamal Ghosh, Jhantu Ghosh, Goutam Ghosh, Paresh Ghosh, Joydeb Ghosh, Nepal Ghosh, Rajkumar Ghosh and Basu Ghosh.