ARA: A sessions court in Bihar on Monday handed the death sentence to 10 people, including two brothers with a long list of crimes behind them, for the 2018 daylight murder of prominent Ara businessman Imran Khan in a bustling marketplace.
In a judgment delivered via videoconferencing, the court of additional district and sessions judge Manoj Kumar held the two Kuraishi brothers — Khurshid and Abdullah — and eight others guilty of murder, criminal conspiracy, extortion and other offences under the IPC and the Arms Act. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 2.6 lakh on each of the convicts.
Besides Khurshid and Abdullah, the court pronounced capital punishment to Anwar Kuraishi, Guddu Miyan, Shamsher Miyan, Phurchan Miyan, Babli Miyan, Ahmad Miyan, Raju Khan and Tausif Alam.
Assistant public prosecutor Nagendra Prasad Singh said Imran was killed in his shop in Shobha Market at Dharman Chowk on December 6, 2018. “His brother Akil Ahmad was injured in the heavy firing. The FIR naming the 10 convicts was lodged on the basis of Akil’s statements.”
Khurshid’s gang had tried to extort Rs 10 lakh from Imran, which he refused to pay. This comes after a court in Andhra Pradesh’s Ongole in May sentenced to death 12 members of a gang held guilty of six murders on the Chennai-Kolkata highway in 2008.