The district and sessions court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to three persons convicted in the sensational kidnapping and murder of four-year-old Yug Gupta in 2014. Earlier, the court had held all the three-- Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi--guilty under Sections 302, 347 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code.
Yug was kidnapped on June 14, 2014, by his neighbour Chander from the Ram Bazaar area. Chander lured him by offering a chocolate and took him to Tajender’s godown situated just above the shop of Yug’s father.
Yug’s skeletal remains were found in a water tank at the Keleston locality two years later on August 22, 2016, leading to widespread protests across the town. The child was tortured, starved and forced to consume liquor before he was thrown into the tank.
The investigation revealed that Chander, who was known to Yug’s father Vinod Gupta, hatched the conspiracy to kidnap the child for ransom. The accused demanded Rs 3.6 crore from his father. A video grab on Vikrant’s mobile phone, in which he was seen pleading for his life, led to a breakthrough in the case. The CID arrested the three on August 22, 2016. The accused had made ransom calls to the family even after killing the child.
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