Pune: A sessions court on Tuesday sentenced to death the two
persons convicted in connection with the sensational gang rape and murder
of a 26-year-old executive of Wipro BPO in 2007.
The victim, who
was an employee of the firm, was raped before being murdered by a cab
driver and his accomplice in Pune on November 1, 2007.
were no eyewitnesses in the case. Due to the concrete evidence and
examination of 29 witnesses, the court held the two accused, Purushottam
Borate (28), cab driver and his accomplice Pradeep Kokate (26) guilty,"
Ujjwal Nikam, special public prosecutor, told.
The woman, who
hailed from Gorakhpur, was staying with her sister and brother-in-law at
the time of the incident. She had joined the call centre as an associate
in 2006, Nikam said.
Investigating officials, who had arrested
the cab driver and his friend, said the woman, who was alone in the
vehicle and could not make out which way the cab was going. She was not
well-versed with the area's topography.
She was raped and then
strangulated with a scarf. The accused had also smashed her head with
stones. Her body found in a field had deep strangulation marks on the neck
and injuries on the hands and legs, Nikam said.
Police said that
after the incident, the cab driver picked up other employees on the way,
as he returned to the Wipro call centre.