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94-year-old amongst two males convicted in 1973 dacoity case

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A court docket in Jhansi has convicted two males, together with a 94-year-old, in a dacoity case that was lodged on the district’s Uldan police station over 47 years in the past.
The anti-dacoity court docket on Saturday sentenced Budhwa Lodhi, 94, and Heera Lal, each of whom had been out on bail. While Lodhi acquired a five-year jail sentence, a non-bailable warrant was issued in opposition to Lal, who didn’t seem in court docket.
“Special Judge Mamta Gupta convicted Budhwa Lodhi and Heera Lal in the case. The court sentenced Budhwa Lodhi, who was present in court, to five years imprisonment after which he was taken into custody. The court issued an NBW against Heera Lal, who did not appear in court,” Special Prosecutor Vipin Kumar Mishra stated on Sunday. The prosecution examined 12 witnesses through the trial, he added.
When requested why it took so lengthy to determine the case, Mishra stated, “The accused moved Allahabad High Court a few times for relief. Since documents related to the case were also sent to the High Court to decide on the accused’s petition, the trial in Jhansi got delayed.”

The case was primarily based on the assertion of complainant Nathu Ram. He instructed the police that round midnight on July 22, 1973, six males scaled the wall of his home and went as much as the terrace, the place he and his household had been sleeping. They forcibly took them to the bottom ground of the home and thrashed the household when it refused to inform them the place the ornaments are saved. The accused allegedly beat them with sticks and an axe, significantly injuring the complainant and his spouse Draupti. The assailants then broke open the household’s locker and escaped with jewelry.
The following morning, Nathu Ram acquired the case lodged. During the investigation, the police recognized the accused and arrested them. They had been charged with dacoity and assault. The accused, nevertheless, acquired out of jail on bail. In 1975, the police filed a chargesheet in opposition to them. During the trial, 4 of the accused, recognized as Kallu, Bhabhuti, Bataya Kachi and Ananta, died, in accordance with prosecutor Vipin Mishra.