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Posted at: Sep 15, 2018, 1:51 AM; last updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:51 AM (IST)

Man gets death penalty for Ludhiana double murder

Had stabbed cousin, her mother in 2013; tried to mislead cops
Man gets death penalty for Ludhiana double murder

Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 14

Additional Sessions Judge Arunvir Vashishta has awarded death penalty to local resident Rishu Grover (25) for the murder of two relatives.

He had stabbed to death his cousin sister, Henna (21), and her mother, Usha Grover (55), on the intervening night of May 21 and 22, 2013.

The court held that the prosecution had proved the guilt of the accused beyond doubt. “He does not deserve a lenient attitude,” the court observed while declining Rishu’s plea for leniency.

According to the prosecution, the accused had tried to mislead the police by writing the name of one ‘Babu’ on the wall with Henna’s blood. The cops had initially rounded up a plumber, Babu Ram. Three days later, the then ADCP Neelambri Jagdale had cracked the case after zeroing in on Rishu.

Rishu and Heena had reportedly been in a relationship. Her engagement to someone else upset him. The debt-ridden accused came to know that Heena’s brother Rahul Grover had sent her money from Australia. Keen to repay his debts and avenge his “humiliation”, he murdered the woman-daughter duo before decamping with cash and jewellery.

The prosecution claimed that 100 Australian dollars, Rs 2.11 lakh in Indian currency, two surgical gloves and a blood-stained knife were recovered from the accused.

Denying illicit relations with the girl, Rishu had blamed Babu for the murder. After considering the evidence of 26 prosecution witnesses, besides being convinced by the submissions of victim family’s lawyer Raman Kaushal, the court found him guilty and awarded death penalty.

Did it to take revenge 

Rishu Grover and Heena had reportedly been in a relationship. Her engagement to someone else upset him. The debt-ridden accused came to know that Heena’s brother Rahul Grover had sent her money from Australia. Keen to avenge his “humiliation” and repay his debts, he murdered the woman-daughter duo before decamping with cash and jewellery.

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