Jamshedpur, Jan. 14: The court of district and sessions judge, Satya Prakash Sinha on Thursday sentenced Arvind Vishal alias Tera, convict in a rape and murder case, to rigorous life imprisonment.
The court had on Tuesday found Tera (45), who is a resident of Guhiapal village in Baharagora in Ghatshila sub-division, guilty of murdering an eight-year-old girl after her rape on February 27, 2013. The session�s judge while pronouncing the sentence noted that the court is sentencing him to rigorous life imprisonment.
It may be mentioned that Baharagora police had registered a case of rape and murder against Tera on February 28, 2013 the day the victim’s body was recovered from a well at Guheapal village.
On February 27, the victim was playing in front of her house along with three four other children at about 4 p.m., when Tera had appeared there and cajoled her to an unknown place.
Since then the girl did not return home. When she did not return home till evening, the girl’s parents started searching for her and eventually came to know from their daughter’s friends that she had gone along Tera.
Next day, her mother found a dead body of a girl child and from the cloth she immediately recognized that it was that of her daughter.
During the interrogation, Tera confessed his crime. He not only confessed that he strangulating the girl. It was at the instance of Tera, the police recovered a silver chain that the girl wore in the neck and also her undergarments. The police had soon arrested the accused and sent him to the jail.
According to the prosecution, after sending the body for a post-mortem at MGM Medical College and Hospital mortuary, the police had conducted raids for Tera and recovered a `lungi’ at his house in which they found semen.
The police had then sent it to the Ranchi-based forensic science laboratory where it was confirmed that the semen found in the `lungi’ was that of Tera and that the same semen had also found in the girl’s body.
On the basis of the post-mortem, forensic test report, confession of the accused and deposition of the witnesses, the court convicted Tera.
Today no one had turned up at the court from either from the convict’s family or from the victim’s family.