The Poonia murders or the Relu Ram Poonia homicide case is the mass homicide of the Indian politician Relu Ram Poonia together with seven of his relations.
Who dedicated the Poonia murders?
Ram’s daughter Sonia alongside together with her husband Sanjeev Kumar murdered Relu Ram and his seven relations over a property dispute. All of this occurred on the evening of 23rd August 2001. A case was filed. The court docket tried Sonia together with Sanjeev and the opposite relations. The District Courtroom discovered the couple responsible and sentenced them to loss of life. Then the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom diminished the sentence to life imprisonment however the Supreme Courtroom held onto the loss of life sentence.
Who have been the victims of the Poonia murders?
There have been eight folks in complete whom the couple murdered on the evening of 23rd August 2001. They being Relu Ram Poonia (age 50), his second spouse Krishna (age 41), his son Sunil (age 23), his daughter Priyanka (age 16), his daughter-in-law Shakuntala (age 20), his two granddaughters named Shivani (age 2) and Preeti (age 3 months) and his grandson Lokesh (age 4). The duo murdered all of the above-mentioned folks of their sleep.
What was the crime within the Poonia murders?
Sonia, the daughter of Relu Ram and Krishna murdered the complete household by hitting them repeatedly with a heavy metallic rod till they have been lifeless. A servant discovered the our bodies strewn round at varied areas within the two-story mansion by a servant. He had come to take Lokesh to his faculty bus. The murderers gagged Shakuntala and tied her up. However there was no signal of resistance from the opposite relations. Sonia laid unconscious the subsequent morning. Apparently, she had tried committing suicide by consuming pesticide and had written a suicide notice. Within the notice, she confessed that she had killed her father as a result of he didn’t love her.
How did the murders happen?
It was simply on the earlier evening that Sonia had introduced Priyanka from a hostel to rejoice her birthday with nice pomp and present. Firecrackers have been set off precisely on the eve of her birthday. The servants nonetheless mentioned that they’d seen Sonia come to the storage and take an iron rod together with her. When the clock struck 4:45 am IST, Sonia rode away in a Tata Sumo to drop off her husband Sanjeev from the crime scene. On medical check-up, the police discovered traces of opium within the rice pudding the household consumed the earlier evening. The couple deliberate this beforehand in order that the household was drugged and couldn’t make any sound when Sonia tried to kill them.
What was the case made across the Poonia murders?
In Might 2004, a District and periods court docket discovered Sonia and her husband Sanjeev responsible of murdering Poonia and 7 different relations. This occurred on account of a household dispute relating to the distribution of property between Sonia and her half-brother Sunil. The court docket sentenced each of them to loss of life. Their prosecutor P.Okay. Sandhir mentioned that the case was tough to win because it was fully based mostly on circumstantial proof. The police listed 109 witnesses out of which the court docket examined solely 66.
What occurred after the District court docket gave their sentence?
In 2005, the Punjab and Haryana Courtroom modified the couple’s loss of life sentence to life imprisonment. Nevertheless, when the Supreme Courtroom dominated in 2007, it once more imparted a loss of life sentence on them. In October 2007 the Haryana governor declined their plea for mercy. The couple knew that the President of India may grant them clemency beneath Part 72 (1) of the Indian Structure. In order that they filed a mercy petition there.
In February 2009, Sonia wished the loss of life sentence on her head as imprisonment was turning into tough for her. Her request was denied. In April 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee rejected her plea for clemency. However a civil rights group known as the Individuals’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) requested the Supreme Courtroom to Withhold the loss of life sentence displaying delays in rejecting the mercy pleas. The court docket accepted this. Afterward January 2014, the Supreme Courtroom gave life phrases to 13 extra death-row inmates whom the court docket discovered responsible of the identical crime.