Nitish Katara’ mother demands death for the killers

July 1st, 2008 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Neelam Katara Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court demanding death penalty for influential Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav’s son Vikas Yadav and nephew Vishal Yadav who were convicted of killing her son Nitish Katara six years ago. The trial court on May 30 awarded life imprisonment to the two cousins for bludgeoning Katara to death and burning his body. They have also been slapped a fine of Rs.160,000 each.

Challenging the quantum of sentence, Neelam Katara through her counsel Kaushik De stated that the convicts need not be given any leniency as the murder was committed in a gruesome manner and they showed disrespect to the dead body.

The lawyer also cited the criminal records of the two in the petition, which is expected to come up for hearing Wednesday.

Nitish, son of a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was kidnapped and murdered after he attended a wedding in Ghaziabad Feb 16, 2002. His body was found in a village in Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh.

The cousins, Vikas and Vishal, resented Nitish’s alleged relationship with D.P. Yadav’s daughter Bharati.

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