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3 get life imprisonment for killing engineer

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A local court awarded life imprisonment to three persons for killing an engineer in 2010.

However, District and Additional Sessions Judge H M Patwardhan acquitted two other accused, giving them the benefit of doubt.

The engineer, Deepan Banerjee (27), who worked at Powai, was found murdered in his flat, where he resided alone, in Airoli in Navi Mumbai on August 12, 2010, the court was told.

“Banerjee had employed Vinod Vishnu Bandal (30), who used to daily deliver him tiffin,” the court was informed.

“Bandal along with his two friends, Suraj Popatrao Gurav (30) and Santosh Bandu Raut (37), conspired to rob Banerjee. On August 12, 2010, the trio entered the apartment when Banerjee was alone and stabbed him 27 times, following which he died,” the court was told.

The trio robbed Rs 200, camera and his laptop and fled to Pune. Police initially nabbed Gurav and later arrested him, the court was told.

Gurav revealed the names of others following which four more persons were apprehended, but the court convicted only Bandal, Gurav and Raut, the prosecutor said.

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