Adilabad: A court in Adilabad on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 after convicting them in connection with the rape and murder of a daily wager widow six years ago.
District I Additional Court Magistrate Dr T Srinivas Rao pronounced the judgement, awarding the life term and fine to Kursinga Dharma and his cousin Kursinga Venkat, after finding them guilty of raping and murdering the 42-year-old woman, who was a resident of Mannur village in Gudihathnnoor. The accused were migrant labourers from Nanded in Maharashtra.
The court gave the verdict after examining evidences and 14 witnesses produced by public prosecutor M Ramana Reddy. It acquitted Thodasam Mukunda Rao, uncle of Dharma and Venkat, as the prosecution failed to prove his involvement.
On October 6, 2013, Dharma and Venkat outraged the modesty of the widow, who was collecting firewood on the outskirts of Mannur. They chased her and plucked her eyes when she managed to escape from their clutches. They then strangulated her to death to cover up their offence.
The then Inspector L V Ramana booked case against the trio and took up investigation. The investigating officials gathered relevant evidences including ID cards found at the scene of the crime. They were lauded for bringing the culprits to book.