Indian court awards man death penalty for murdering five in Dubai

AHMEDABAD — A Special CBI court here has sentenced a 53-year-old man to death penalty for murdering five members of a family he served in Dubai 19 years ago.

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Published: Fri 19 Aug 2011, 11:18 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

Ravji Pawar, a resident of Dholar village in Navsari district, was working as a domestic help at the residence of one Ramesh Sagar and his family in Dubai. On January 4, 1992, Sagar, his mother Muliben, wife Rajori, minor daughter Jyoti and son Jayesh were found battered to death. The Sagars’ relatives in Dubai came to know about the incident the next day and found that Pawar was missing. Subsequently, the local police lodged a complaint against Pawar and alerted the Indian authorities.

Following this, the Gujarat Police arrested Pawar from his village in Navsari within four days and registered another complaint. The police found out that he had left Dubai on the day of the crime. Gold ornaments and a camera were recovered from his possession.

In April 1992, police filed a chargesheet against him accusing him of murder and theft. Subsequently, the probe was handed over to the CBI, which lodged another separate FIR against Pawar. The CBI later obtained permission of the court to go to Dubai to record statements of witnesses.

During its Dubai visit, the CBI accessed the post-morterm reports and statements and the articles recovered from Dubai and filed another charghesheet adding charges of raping Jyoti and Rajori. Later, the Interpol supplied a blood-stained cricket bat and other weapons used in the murder.

According to the prosecution, Pawar had raped Jyoti while she was changing her dress after returning from school. When she threatened to reveal it before her family, Pawar killed each member of the family, also raping Rajori in the process.

After examining 34 witnesses, the court held Pawar guilty of the five murders and sentenced him to death. While the CBI had sought Pawar’s imprisonment till death, his lawyer had argued that since the convict had already spent more than 19 years in jail, he should be set free. —

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