Hyderabad: Eight members of notorious ‘snake gang’ convicted


The court sentenced eight members of the notorious “snake gang” on Thursday

Updated – 10.34am, Friday – 23 December 22

Hyderabad:

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HyderabadEight members of the notorious “snake gang” were convicted by a court on Thursday of charges including the abduction of a young woman in July 2014 and other crimes.

The main suspect in the case, Faisal Dayani, a gym teacher, and six other members of the gang, who would threaten their victims with snakes, were convicted of housebreaking, intimidation, criminal intimidation and gross indecency of a woman.

However, the eight suspects were convicted only under Section 411 (honestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code. Another suspect was acquitted in the case.

The amount of the punishment would be decided by the court, prosecutor Ponnam Devaraju Goud said that the seven convicts who were also sentenced for robbery were acquitted of the charge.

In August 2014, Pahadishareef Police arrested members of the gang, including Dayani, after an 18-year-old girl alleged that she sexually assaulted them at a farm in Shaheen Nagar.

The gang entered the farm to commit a robbery and allegedly forced the victims to strip by threatening to plant a snake and then allegedly raped her in front of her fiance, the police said in the charge sheet.

However, they did not prove the charge of molestation against them, as the victim did not state this allegation in court during the trial, Goude said.

“The sections that have punished the defendants receive a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. We have sought the maximum penalty,” he added.

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