Shimla District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh on Wednesday pronounced death sentence to all three convicts—Tajender, Chander Sharma and Vikrant–for the murder of four-year-old boy Yug Gupta.
The family members of Yug, were in tears, as the quantum of sentence was pronounced.
The Court had declared them guilty on August 6 under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence/false information), 347 (wrongful confinement to extort property) and 364 (kidnapping for ransom) of the IPC.
Yug was kidnapped by his neighbour Chander, after enticing him with a chocolate.
Yug was tortured, kept naked, starved and forced to drink liquor. He was later dumped alive in a water tank tied with a stone in 2014, seven days after the kidnapping, even before the demand for ransom of Rs 3.6 crore was made.
The child’s skeleton remains were recovered from the water tank of Shimla Municipal Corporation in Keleston area.
Shocked by the incident, thousands of people came out on the roads to protest against the heinous crime.