Court Awards Life Term to Four for Killing Chef
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Four youths have been handed life imprisonment by a Delhi court for stabbing to death a chef in a restaurant-cum-bar during a brawl over delay in serving 'papad' to them.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Garg sentenced East Delhi residents Rahul, Pankaj and Sandeep, all 24, and Chet Ram, 26 to life imprisonment for killing the chef and causing injuries to others.

"It stands established that the deceased Shahid working as a chef in the restaurant suffered multiple stab wounds inflicted by accused Rahul, sharing common intention with other accused persons and these injuries proved fatal," said the court, while sentencing them.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on three of the convicts and Rs 3,000 on Rahul, who was also held guilty of possessing illegal arm for which he was given a concurrent term of two years.

The prosecution case dated back October 11, 2008 when Rahul and Sandeep had gone to a bar-cum-restaurant in East Delhi to have some drink.

While having drinks, they also ordered a few 'papads' (a type of snacks), but got infuriated and barged into the restaurant's kitchen as the waiter failed to serve promptly.

The police told the court as the duo were forced out of the kitchen by its owner, they called their friends Chet Ram and Pankaj and together they went on a rampage with Rahul whipping out a knife and stabbing Shahid, Jafar, Sheikh and the owner.

The police said one of the injured, Shahid, who worked as chef, succumbed to his injuries, while others were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Following the brawl, Rahul was nabbed on the spot and handed over to the police, while others ran away and were arrested later.

The court convicted the four, rejecting their pleas that they were falsely implicated in the case.
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