A year after he hacked to death his girlfriend inside St Xavier’s College here, Vijendra Singh was awarded death penalty by a local court on Wednesday.
Judicial Commissioner S H Kajmi had convicted him for the murder of Khushbu Kumari. Pronouncing the verdict on Wednesday, he said the major charge under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC had been proved beyond “an iota of doubt” against the accused. “This is the fittest case for awarding him sentence to death,” said the judgment.
Earlier, the accused and the victim were neighbours in Jamshedpur. But the girl’s family later shifted to Ranchi. On April 27, 2011, Vijender went to St Xavier’s College where Khushbu was appearing for an exam. “Minutes after the exams got over... the accused stopped her. Soon, he took out a bhujali (a knife) and beheaded her,” the police chargesheet alleged.
The accused said he would challenge the death penalty judgment in the Jharkhand High Court.