Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Vinod Chatterji Koul on Tuesday convicted Rajesh Dogra alias Mohan Cheer, Vishal Singh alias Vicky Thakur, Naresh Singh alias Sonu and Deepak Kumar alias Deepu in much publicised murder case of Sanjay Kumar alias Bakra after 11 years of trial.
According to the case, on November 25, 2006 Police Station Bahu Fort received information that Sanjay Kumar alias Bakra has been shot dead at Trikuta Nagar Jammu.
The accused Rajesh Dogra alias Mohan Cheer and others were charge-sheeted under Sections 302, 382 and 109 RPC and 3/25 Arms Act on the allegation that on account of gang rivalry, these accused hatched a conspiracy to eliminate deceased Sanjay Kumar alias Bakra.
Under a conspiracy, Mohan Cheer and other co-accused Vishal Singh shot dead Sanjay Kumar in the clinic of prosecution witness Dr. Rattan Kudiyar at Trikuta Nagar, Jammu, and while leaving the spot, the co-accused also took away revolver of deceased Bakra.
Justice Koul after hearing Rajesh Kotwal Special Public Prosecutor for the State whereas Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Vishal Mahajan and Advocate Prince Khanna for the accused persons observed that where the ocular evidence is worthy of credence and can be believed, the question of motive becomes more or less insignificant.
Justice Koul further observed that accused Rajesh Dogra alias Mohan Cheer is found guilty for the commission of offences punishable under aforesaid sections and is convicted.
“The accused Vishal Singh alias Vicky Thakur is also found guilty for the commission of offences punishable under aforesaid Sections and is convicted, accused Naresh Singh is also held guilty for the commission of offences punishable under Sections 302 and 109 RPC for being active participant in the conspiracy with all other accused to eliminate Sanjay Kumar alias Bakra”, the court observed.
“Apart from this, it is also established that accused Naresh also harboured accused after the murder of deceased Sanjay. Therefore, the accused Naresh is also held guilty for the commission of offence punishable under section 212 RPC and is convicted. Accused Deepak is held guilty for the commission of offences punishable under Section 302 and 109 RPC for the aforesaid reasons. It has also been established that accused Deepak not only provided 12 Bore gun to the other accused, who executed the conspiracy and shot dead Sanjay, thereby accused Naresh abetted the commission of crime in furtherance of conspiracy, to which Deepak Kumar was an active participant, but it is also established that accused Deepak cut short the 12 bore gun and then destroyed the barrel and butt, therefore, he is also held guilty for the commission of offence punishable under Section 201 RPC.
Since, it is also established that accused Deepak not only purchased and possessed illegal 12 bore gun, but also transported and provided the same to accused Mohan Cheer and Vicky Thakur, who executed conspiracy by killing deceased Sanjay, therefore, accused Deepak is also held guilty for commission of offences under Sections 3, 6 and 25 of the Arms Act and is convicted”, the court observed.
According to police case, on November 25, 2006, gangster Sanjay Gupta alias Bakra was shot dead in Dr Rattan Kudiyar’s clinic at Trikuta Nagar.
Rajesh Dogra alias Mohan Cheer, Vishal Singh alias Vicky Thakur, Sonu, an auto-rickshaw driver, resident of Samba and one Deepak Kumar alias Deepu, were arrested.
According to police, Mohan Cheer was the prime accused in the case who planned murder along with Palla and Vicky, previous associates of the Bakra gang. To execute the crime they had also sought the help of one Kapil and his girl friend.
Palla, resident of Fattu Chougan, the previous close associate of Bakra had informed them that only way to get Bakra out alone was to use the services of a girl.
Kapil introduced his girlfriend Monika alias Ambika daughter of Subash Chander, resident of P&T Colony, Talab Tillo locality to the group and influenced her to start talking to Bakra.
After a fortnight long interaction with Bakra, Monika came close to him and requested him to come at the clinic of Dr Kudiyar and misinforming him that her mother was not feeling well.
On Nov 25, 2006, as per the planning, Palla was given the job of following movement of Bakra and informed the assailants accordingly, while Mohan Cheer, Vicky Thakur, Kapil and Monika assembled near Dr. Kudiyar’s clinic along with weapons.
Singh said that Monika then called up Bakra and asked him to come and Kapil informed Mohan and Vicky to wait at the clinic and he went to the main market to give advance warning. “After she called up Bakra, Monica left the place in a minibus.
Bakra finally reached the clinic of Dr Kudiyar in his Santro car, where Mohan Cheer had a scuffle with him initially.
Vicky Thakur fired twice with short gun, then Mohan Cheer stood up and he also fired at Bakra with his pistol. After killing Bakra both the assailants fled away towards the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway, where they left their Vespa scooter for repair. They then reached Samba and handed over the weapons to their friend Sonu (auto-rickshaw driver).
The accused Mohan Cheer and Vicky Thakur revealed to police that earlier they fled away to Dalhousie, where they stayed for one day and later proceeded to Jallandar before reaching New Delhi from where they were arrested.
Monika who joined Kapil at Dalhousie and Palla are still at large, according to police.