Mysuru: It was past midnight hours of March 30, 2014, when four members of a family were charred to death in their sleep. Three others had suffered burns, but fortunately survived later.
The six others had plotted their killings by pouring petrol into their house, before striking the match stick.
On Tuesday, the fourth additional district and sessions court judge Hosamani Pundalika awarded life imprisonment to five convicts in the case- Hasina, Adil, Jabeena, Sayeeda and Zarine Taj. Another accused Kauser had breathed his last during the mid of trial in the court.
According to Public Prosecutor Dharennavar, the reason behind this barbaric incident is the enmity between the two families of Haseena and Afzal Pasha at K N Pura in Udaygiri police limits.
Haseena and others had set seven people on fire- Afzal Pasha, Shireen Taj, Saif, Yusuf, Maifooz, Yunus and Masood. The first four persons succumbed to burns.
A fine of Rs two lakh has been imposed on each of the convicts. They have to undergo additional imprisonment of six months in lieu of the failure to pay the amount.
A sum of Rs three lakh should be given as compensation from the fine amount, to the next of kin of the victims.
What came in handy in proving the accused guilty was the investigation by then police inspector of Udaygiri Srikanth and his team of personnel, according to Police Commissioner K T Balakrishna.
– Team Mysoorunews