According to Public Prosecutor Pranay Rai, the murder was political in nature as the victim was a Gorkha National Liberation Front supporter, while the four convicts were CPM supporters, all from Dootriah-Balasun tea garden, 16km from Darjeeling. “The murder was a political fallout as the victim and the accused had political differences and often got into altercations,” said the PP after the verdict was read out by the judge.
Along with life imprisonment, the convicts have been asked to pay Rs 50,000 each as penalty, failing which their sentence would be extended by an additional three years.
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As Subba crossed the Shankar family house, Bijay’s father and mother incited him to attack the victim. Bijay asked his brother to get a chopper and he used it to hack the victim to death, with his parents egging him on all the while,” said Rai.
Following the incident, an FIR was lodged filed with the Jorebungalow police station by Subba’s brother Manjit against the four and they were arrested on November 16, 2004. “Since the police had filed the charge sheet after 90 days, the four were out on bail and taken in custody yesterday only,” the PP said.