MUMBAI: A city sessions court on Friday convicted and sentenced two siblings to life imprisonment for stabbing their 45-year-old brother to death and attempting to murder their 57-year-old sister over a property dispute in 2017. The siblings, residents of JJ Marg, used to squabble over a redeveloped flat.
“The accused, Amiruddin Kazi (50) and Allauddin Kazi (52), are convicted of the offence punishable under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Each of them to suffer imprisonment for life and pay a fine of Rs 500. In case of defaulting on the fine, the accused to undergo rigorous imprisonment of six months,” the judge said. The court did not impose a separate sentence under the attempt to murder charge.
An FIR was lodged at JJ Marg police station on September 2, 2017. The accused had thrown their brother Nasiruddin Kazi and widowed sister Rukaiya Kazi out of the house and usurped the property. The two were attacked when they returned to the house to collect clothes for Eid.
The conviction came even as Rukaiya refused to support the prosecution’s case in the court.
In her alleged statement given to police on the day of the incident, Rukaiya had said the property, originally belonging to their late father, was redeveloped and subsequently transferred in Allauddin’s name. She said the other accused, Amiruddin, used to live in their village and she had moved back home after losing her husband. The woman stated that Amiruddin was present in the house on the day of the incident and helped Allauddin attack her and Nasiruddin.
Rukaiya further said that since the house was in Allauddin’s name, he used to constantly harass her, their murdered brother Nasiruddin and another brother Nazir Kazi to force them to vacate the place. According to her, a month before the murder, Amiruddin returned from their village and joined Allauddin in harassing them. The woman said that about 20 days prior to the murder, her brothers and she were thrown out by the accused with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.