4 sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2015 Malwani hooch tragedy that claimed 106 lives

4 sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2015 malwani hooch tragedy that claimed 106 lives

4 sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2015 Malwani hooch tragedy that claimed 106 lives

A court in Mumbai has sentenced four people to 10 years in prison after finding them guilty of selling illicit liquor in the Malwani area of Mumbai in 2015. The tragedy led to 106 deaths, with 75 others suffering permanent blindness or impairment after consuming the illicit liquor. Most of the victims were construction workers, sewage cleaners, sweepers, and other daily wage earners from Malwani.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the four convicted under section 304 part 2 for culpable homicide. This section states that anyone found guilty of an act resulting in death, an act undertaken with the intent to cause death, or a physical injury likely to result in death faces a sentence of up to ten years in jail, a fine, or both.

Under section 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide), the four were sentenced to seven years in prison, and for section 120 B of the IPC, for criminal conspiracy, they were sentenced to 10 years.

All punishments are to be served concurrently by the accused, who have already spent a substantial number of years behind bars. Under Section 428 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the period of detention undergone by the accused is to be set off against the sentence or imprisonment.

Earlier, the court acquitted 10 people who had been behind bars for the last nine years in the case.

According to the prosecution, on June 18, 2015, the police received urgent calls from people dying in the Malwani area of suburban Mumbai after consuming liquor from some dens the previous day. As the death toll rose, the investigation was handed over to the crime branch.

In the case, 14 people were arrested, including the liquor den owner Raju Langada, illicit liquor suppliers Donald Patel and Fransis D'Mello. Patel and D'Mello allegedly bought the poisonous alcohol, which was diluted chemical Methyl alcohol, from a person named Atik alias Masur Abdul Latif Khan. It is these four who have been convicted and sentenced by the court.

One of the accused, Dharmendra Singh Tomar, who was arrested in 2017, died awaiting trial, so the case against him abated. Another accused, Nattubhai Patel, is still shown as a wanted accused in the case.

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