The Thiruvananthapuram Additional Sessions Court on Monday ordered a double life sentence to 11 Rashtriya Swayam Seva Sangh (RSS) activists for the murder of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activist Vishnu’s murder case. According to reports, the sessions court had earlier found that 13 people, who had been named in the case were guilty. The prosecutor had asked the court that the accused must be given the maximum punishment. The court awarded a life sentence to the 13th accused and fined him with Rs 50,000.
According to reports, one more accused, who had helped the other accused to go into hiding was given a 3-year sentence. The counsel for the accused argued that his clients were actually innocent people who had been framed due to political enmity. According to Mathrubhumi, the court also asked the accused if they had anything to speak off about the verdict. The accused had then spoken about the poor situation of their families.
The accused further pleaded to the court to allow them to finish their jail term in Thiruvananthapuram jail. It has to be noted that DYFI activist Vishnu had been hacked to death near the passport office in Kaithamukku in April 2008 and initially 16 people had been accused of the murder. The court had earlier acquitted one of the accused, while another namely Renjith had died during the process of the trial. Meanwhile, another accused, Azam Ani, a BJP leader according to OneIndia remains in the air. Meanwhile, RSS activists by the names of Santosh, Manoj, Biju Kumar, Harilal, Renjith Kumar, Bibin, Satheesh, Bose, Vinod Kumar, Subhash, Satish and Sivalal have been convicted.