Berhampur: Berhampur Fast-Track Court Thursday pronounced death penalty on a 22-year-old youth after he was convicted of killing a 21-year-old college girl in Murshidabad district in 2022.
The accused, Sushanta Chowdhury (22) of Malda district, was arrested a day after brutally hacking to death Sutapa Chowdhury, a third-year student at Berhampore Girls’ College who also hailed from Malda’s English Bazar area, outside her college mess in Murshidabad.
The crime was committed in the evening when the victim was returning her mess on May 2, 2022, the government prosecutor said.
The court, which held the accused as a convict on Tuesday, described it as a pre-planned murder, pronounced the capital sentence on the youth Thursday.
Police had lodged an FIR and said the youth had allegedly been in a relationship with the victim, which she had ended, and hence the killing was pre-planned.
Digital evidence, in the CCTV footage from the day of the incident, Sushanta could be seen following her and getting into an argument.
The convict stabbed the girl 42 times with a knife, and when the witnesses attempted to stop him, he threatened with a gun, which Police later found it to be a toy gun, the special public prosecutor, Bivas Chatterjee, said.
The blood stains on the gun matched the DNA of the victim.