Honouring Papiya

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Status of Investigation and Trial
 
  1. The FIR relating to the crime against Papiya was lodged on 3rd December, 2006. Police arrested five persons, who were in possession of the goods stolen from Papiya’s Residence, on 16th December, 2006. Two more persons are yet to be arrested. The Charge-Sheet was filed against the five arrested on 27th January, 2007.

  2. The case – State vs. Ramachandra Mahato and others – bears No. ST 188 of 2007 and has been committed for Trial to FTC No. 5, Patna, headed by Justice Om Prakash. Charges have been framed against the arrested under Sections 396 and 412 of the Indian Penal Code.

  3. The Trial Court handed down its verdict on 18th September, 2008, holding all the five guilty. On 19th September 2008, Shankar Sau was awarded the death sentence. Manohar Kumar, Ashish Kumar and Anil Oraon were given life imprisonment. Ramachandra Mahto was held guilty u/s 414 IPC and imprisoned for a two year term.  

  4. The death sentence, handed down in 2008 by the FTC, however, was not confirmed by the Patna High Court. (2010). The State Govt did not appeal against the verdict in spite of requests to do so by Papiya's sister.
    The two absconders were arrested in August 2012 from Jamshedpur and Ludhiana, respectively, under the leadership of Senior SSP, Patna. Their Trial has not commenced, for reasons not known. Responses , on this count have not been received by Papiya's family from Bihar Govt. Most importantly, no further investigation is underway to get to the masterminds who planned and carrried out the barbaric crime, with supreme disdain of the law of the land.

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