Nine get varying jail terms in dacoity case

New Delhi: Nine persons have been awarded varying jail terms by a Delhi court in a seven-year-old case of dacoity in a jewellery store.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja sentenced three of the nine accused to seven-year jail for their active involvement in the dacoity. Ravi Gupta (23), Prem Singh (20) and Ram Singh (40) were also slapped with a fine of Rs 11,000 each.

The remaining six accused were handed six-month jail terms. Sachin Verma, Tarkeshwar, Gopal, Bharat, Ravinder Singh and Rambishan were found in possession of portion of the stolen jewellery.

According to the prosecution, the dacoity took place at the jewellery shop of complainant Saroop Santra at Karol Bagh here on February 3, 2005. The men had looted a safe at the shop and made away with over 3.9 kg of gold. Santra was also attacked with an iron rod.

One of the accused, Bhim Singh, however, was acquitted by the court as police failed to prove his offence.