Decided on August 05,1960

Arju Alias Jogeswar Kumar Appellant
STATE Respondents


- (1.) On the jury's unanimous verdict Sarju alias Jagneswar Kumar, Sadhu alias Deodhari Goala, Tilakdhari Dosad alias Pasman alias Palwan and Yasin Khan have been convicted of dacoity under Section 395 of the Indian Penal Code. By reason of a previous conviction Tilakdhari has been sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment and the rest to five years' rigorous imprisonment each. Of these four convicted men Sarju and Sadhu have been represented by Counsel; Tilakdhari has preferred an appeal from jail; Yasin Khan has submitted to the sentence.
(2.) The case for the prosecution, is that on January 9, 1959, at about 7 p.m. these Appellants with several others raided the house of one Shewnath Pandey within police-station Asansole. As soon as the miscreants appeared Shewnath's servant, Ram Janam Gope (P.W. 5) gave an alarm; Shewnath himself bolted the front door leading to the house and went up with his servant on the roof of a ground floor room, but Shewnath's wife and son stayed on m the ground floor. The door was broken open and the miscreants armed with spears and lathis entered the courtyard. Crackers were thrown towards the roof. An iron safe was broken open in one of the rooms; trunks and suit eases containing clothes, ornaments and cash to the tune of about Rs. 2,500 were removed, Shewnath and Ram Janam recognised the Appellants and their co-accused when they were in the courtyard in the light of a burning hurricane lantern which was tied to a post.
(3.) After a short while the miscreants left and neighbours appeared on the scene.;

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