A local court has sentenced an industrial worker to life imprisonment for brutally killing a fellow worker in 2011.
Thane Additional Sessions Judge M M Wali Mohamad sentenced the accused Bhagwan Dagdu Kumbhar (42) to life and also imposed a fine of Rs. 5000 on him.
According to the prosecution, the accused and the victim, Siddharth R Bharti (32) worked together in Modi Dying Works in Bhiwandi. As Siddharth shirked work, the entire load came on Kumbhar following which he decided to eliminate the former.
Accordingly, in December 2011 it was on the fateful day, the accused took Siddharth to Temghar on pretext of offering him drinks and then proceeded to an isolated place near the Saibaba Mandir in the powerloom town.
Subsequently, Kumbhar fatally stabbed Siddharth seven times in his stomach, the court was told.
A group of youths playing cricket on a nearby ground saw Kumbhar stabbing the victim with a sharp knife when they went searching for their ball.
The court relied on the eyewitness account of the three youths in the age group of 18-21 before pronouncing the judgement.
Also the CCTV camera recording at the Saibaba temple revealed that while going to the isolated place, there were two people but on return only the accused could be spotted.
Based on this evidence, the judge held the accused guilty of the charges of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.