Two youths murder man for testifying against them in rape case
In an appalling incident reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli on Monday, two youths have been booked for shooting dead a 27-year-old man. The man was shot dead in front of his father for testifying against the accused in a rape case.
The two accused have been identified as Sunny Singh and Shubham Kumar.
The youths, in their twenties, were sent to prison for raping a 30-year-old woman two years ago but were released on bail later, the Times of India reported.
In the meantime, the father of the victim said the two accused dragged his son into a farm field and shot him dead.
"My son was a witness in a rape case, in which both the killers were accused," the father said.
The father of the victim was quoted as saying, "I was going to the field with my son when suddenly Sunny Singh and Shubham Kumar emerged from the bushes and told my son, "You are eager to testify against us in a court. Now, we will kill you in front of your father". Soon after, they dragged my son into the field. I cried and pleaded with them to spare him. Another farmer Kuldeep also joined me as we tried to reason with them, but they shot him dead in front of us."
Reportedly, the two accused youths had also threatened to murder the father of the deceased victim if he testified against the two in court.'
According to police, Sunny Singh and Shubham Kumar have been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Efforts are underway to trace and arrest them, police were quoted as saying.