BARPETA, Dec 13 - In a significant judgement, the court of the Additional Sessions Judge has convicted two persons involved in an attempt at car lifting and awarded them rigorous imprisonment for five years each. The convicted persons are Priya Kumar Dalu and Kamal Nath Koch.
According to a delayed report, Priya Kumar Dalu alias Amit Hajong hired a Bolero van with registration no ML 08 D 2221 on the plea of attending a wedding ceremony at Barpeta on March 21 this year. Accordingly, the driver, Tapash set off for the journey from Tura to Barpeta with Priya and his accomplice Kamal. It is learnt that another person also boarded the vehicle midway.
As the vehicle reached Balabhita under Barpetaroad police station in Barpeta district, the inmates of the vehicle tried to strangulate the driver with a nylon belt from the backside. But the driver managed to free one hand and the other hand was on the steering. Luck also favoured Tapash as a Mahindra pick up van arrived there, which witnessed the tussle. The people on the roadside also gathered near the Bolero. They managed to apprehend Priya and Kamal though the third culprit managed to escape. The Barpetaroad police station was informed of the incident and they took custody of both the accused and the driver.
After examination of witnesses, the court of PR Rajmedhi, Additional Sessions judge here came to the conclusion that both the accused were involved in the crime and passed the verdict on December 5.
While the Government was represented by the Public Prosecutor Md Sadulla, the accused were represented by advocates A Khan and AZ Choudhury. The people here have welcomed the verdict as the atrocities of car lifters are increasing day by day. Besides, the verdict came within eight-and-a-half months only from the day of incident thus enhancing the credibility of the judicial system.