//RSS activists get life term for murder of bus conductor

RSS activists get life term for murder of bus conductor

  • Manu and Vijayakumar have been convicted for murder
  • Compensation awarded to victim’s heirs, KSRTC
  • Thiruvananthapuram: Additional District and Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court I, Y. Thajudeen Koya on Wednesday sentenced two Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh activists to life and a fine of Rs.15,000 and Rs.31,000 respectively after they were found guilty of murdering a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus conductor at East Fort in July 2000.
  • Those convicted for murder are Manu alias Vinod, 28, and Vijayakumar alias Poodan Biju, 27, both residents of Muttathura, Sreevaraham. They will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two more years if they fail to pay the fine.

    Rajesh, 20, a KSRTC employee and resident of Muttathara, was killed when a march organised by the RSS and the BJP in the city in July 2000 turned violent. Rajesh was murdered by the activists with wooden staff and stones at the Transport Bhavan, around 12.30 p.m.

    The court also sentenced 22 RSS and BJP activists to four years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.16,000 and Rs.10,000 each in connection with the march, after they were found guilty of various charges including criminal conspiracy, destruction of public property, abetment, unlawful assembly and rioting with deadly weapons.

    However, Hindu Aikya Vedi State president, Shishupalan, 70, who was found guilty of criminal conspiracy was awarded rigorous imprisonment for only three years after the court decided to `show leniency towards him’ based on his medical records.

    Shishupalan had submitted before the court that he was undergoing treatment following an open-heart surgery and that he was suffering from arthritis. The court directed him to pay a fine of Rs.10,000. He was later granted bail. The court also directed to pay Rs.50,000 to the legal heirs of Rajesh from the fine amount and Rs.2 lakhs to the KSRTC as compensation.

    More than 80 KSRTC buses were destroyed in the incident and public property worth more than Rs.8 lakhs were vandalised.

    The prosecution examined 89 witnesses as part of the case. Public Prosecutor R. Anil Kumar appeared on behalf of the prosecution. Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, K.K. Joshua and Deputy Superintendent of Police V.B. Ramesh Kumar investigated the case.

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/16/stories/2006021621420300.htm 

     

  • Manu and Vijayakumar have been convicted for murder
  • Compensation awarded to victim’s heirs, KSRTC

    Thiruvananthapuram: Additional District and Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court I, Y. Thajudeen Koya on Wednesday sentenced two Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh activists to life and a fine of Rs.15,000 and Rs.31,000 respectively after they were found guilty of murdering a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus conductor at East Fort in July 2000.

    Those convicted for murder are Manu alias Vinod, 28, and Vijayakumar alias Poodan Biju, 27, both residents of Muttathura, Sreevaraham. They will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two more years if they fail to pay the fine.

    Rajesh, 20, a KSRTC employee and resident of Muttathara, was killed when a march organised by the RSS and the BJP in the city in July 2000 turned violent. Rajesh was murdered by the activists with wooden staff and stones at the Transport Bhavan, around 12.30 p.m.

    The court also sentenced 22 RSS and BJP activists to four years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.16,000 and Rs.10,000 each in connection with the march, after they were found guilty of various charges including criminal conspiracy, destruction of public property, abetment, unlawful assembly and rioting with deadly weapons.

    However, Hindu Aikya Vedi State president, Shishupalan, 70, who was found guilty of criminal conspiracy was awarded rigorous imprisonment for only three years after the court decided to `show leniency towards him’ based on his medical records.

    Shishupalan had submitted before the court that he was undergoing treatment following an open-heart surgery and that he was suffering from arthritis. The court directed him to pay a fine of Rs.10,000. He was later granted bail. The court also directed to pay Rs.50,000 to the legal heirs of Rajesh from the fine amount and Rs.2 lakhs to the KSRTC as compensation.

    More than 80 KSRTC buses were destroyed in the incident and public property worth more than Rs.8 lakhs were vandalised.

    The prosecution examined 89 witnesses as part of the case. Public Prosecutor R. Anil Kumar appeared on behalf of the prosecution. Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, K.K. Joshua and Deputy Superintendent of Police V.B. Ramesh Kumar investigated the case.

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/16/stories/2006021621420300.htm