Nikita Tomar Murder Case: Convicts Tausif And Rehan Sentenced To Life ImprisonmentNikita Tomar’s father Moolchand Tomar (in black) at his house after her murder on 26 October. (Swarajya) 

Tausif and Rehan, the convicts in the Nikita Tomar murder case, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Haryana's Faridabad on Friday (26 March).

On Wednesday (24 March), the special court in Faridabad convicted Tausif and Rehan in the Nikita Tomar murder case.

They were found guilty under sections 302 (murder), 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her into marriage), section 506 (criminal intimidation), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Both have been in jail since their arrest in October last year.

Tomar, a 20-year-old B Com student, was shot point blank by Tousif outside of college in Ballabhgarh on 26 October last year. The whole incident was caught on CCTV camera, which became an important part of the evidence presented by the police in the case.

The shooter Touseef, a cousin of the Congress MLA Aftab Alam, reportedly comes from a family that wields considerable political influence in Nuh. He was a long time stalker of the girl and had even kidnapped her in 2018, after she rejected his proposal to convert to Islam and marry him.

Nikita’s family had registered a case at the time but withdrew it under the pressure of Touseef’s family. They claimed that the family had promised them that Touseef wouldn’t trouble the victim anymore. A mahapanchayat was also held after the incident.

Tomar’s family alleged that Touseef was pressuring Nikita to convert to Islam and marry him. Sixty witnesses were quoted by the chargesheet filed by the police as saying that Touseef killed Nikita for revenge.

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