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Sentencing in 2011 double murder case today

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Bhavna Uchil

The youth had murdered a three-year-old child and her grandmother in their home, fled with jewellery and cash

A sessions court in South Mumbai is likely to pronounce the sentence for the murder and robbery involving a three-year-old child and her grandmother that took place in 2011 at the Sion Koliwada area.

On Friday, Judge M. S. Azmi had found that Vishal Shrivastav, now 28, is guilty of the two murders. Shrivastav was convicted under Sections 302 (murder), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault and wrongful restraint) and 397 (robbery and dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt).

Advocate Ganesh Iyer, appearing as 'intervenor' for the family of the victims said the prosecution will be demanding a death sentence for the convict keeping in mind the brutality of the crime in which a young child was killed in cold blood by an acquaintance. They would be asking the court to recognise the crime as belonging to the 'rarest of rare' category.

The case was proved on the basis of circumstantial evidence by public prosecutor Mangesh Arote. Among the witnesses were the liftman of the complex who had seen a person wearing a sari and sports shoes exit the building and the shopkeeper of the jewellery store where Shrivastav had mortgaged the jewellery.

On June 3, 2011, after hitting  Ranjana Nadogkar (53) with an iron rod on her head, Shrivastav had slit her throat in their home. When her granddaughter Vaishnavi happened to witness the crime, he tried for an hour to convince the child that her grandmother fell to the floor and died. But when the child refused to believe him and kept asking why he had hurt her grandmother, in exasperation Shrivastav killed the child too, slitting her throat so as not to leave any eye-witnesses. Thereafter, he fled the house with gold worth Rs. 3.6 lakhs and Rs. 3,500 cash wearing a sari to hide the bloodstains on his clothes. He then mortgaged the gold at a jewellery store in Sion Koliwada area in exchange for money.

The unemployed youth, who possessed a degree in hotel management was then 21 years of age and was known to the family. He knew he would would find the woman and the child alone at that time of the day as the child's parents would be at work.

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