Wife, Paramour and Associate get life term for killing HUSBAND: Mother-in-law involved in Murder plot as well
Bangalore: A woman, her paramour and their friend were sentenced to life imprisonment for killing her husband and his second wife while they were asleep in their Parappana Agrahara residence on January 13, 2008.
The Seventeenth Fast Track Court judge SK Vontigodi also asked each of the accused to pay Rs 40,000 as fine for murder, Rs 20,000 for attempt to murder the 2-year-old daughter of the couple and Rs 10,000 for setting the victims’ residence on fire.
The court ordered the killers to deposit Rs 1.75 lakh in the child’s name in a nationalized bank to meet her education and other expenses as she’d been orphaned by their ghastly act. The trio will also undergo seven years and five years of imprisonment concurrently for two more offences, the court ordered. Muniyappa, 36, his second wife Pushpa, 30, and their daughter Lakshmishree were sleeping in their house. Muniyappa’s estranged first wife Rekha Devi, her paramour Ravindra, and their friend Sampath collected 5 litres of petrol in a can, went to their house, bolted the front door and poured the fuel in the house before setting it afire.
Neighbours rushed the couple and the infant to hospital. The couple succumbed to injuries, while Laksmishree survived with simple burns. Most of the 32 witnesses, barring government witnesses and three doctors who recorded the couple’s dying declarations, turned hostile. Special public prosecutor Ganapathy Prasanna relied on the deposition of police witnesses who’d seen Rekha vowing to eliminate Muniyappa a week back. She was seething with revenge against Muniyappa for abandoning her.
4 held for murder bid
A family feud took a serious turn, landing a severely burnt couple and their one-year-old daughter in Victoria Hospital. The three are fighting for their lives with 40 per cent burns.
Police arrested four persons, including two women, for allegedly setting them ablaze at Channakeshava Nagar, in Parappana Agrahara police station limits, in the early hours of Sunday.
According to the police, Rekha (29), her mother Varamahalakshmi, Rekha’s family friends Ravindra and Sampath, all residents of Palmaner in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, are said to have killed Muniyappa, Pushpa and tried to kill their daughter Lakshmishri by setting them ablaze.
Rekha was the first wife of Muniyappa who was living separately for the last two years. Muniyappa allegedly had extra-marital relations with Pushpa, which Rekha could not tolerate. The latter also wanted a share in Muniyappa’s property owned at Channakeshava Nagar.
This enraged Rekha. An attempt to murder case was booked against the four.