In a bizarre happening, a rapist who was sentenced to death by the court, threw bricks at media people and lawyers and snatched a rifle from a policeman.
This incident occurred at district and sessions court premises, here in Ramanagaram, on Wednesday morning.
Salim (35), the rape convict who was given a death sentence, picked up some bricks in a fit of rage while walking out of the court premises and hurled them at media people and lawyers.
He then grabbed a rifle from a policeman's hand.
The police then wrested the firearm back from him and took him away in an autorickshaw.
Why the death sentence?
Salim was convicted and sentenced to death, for raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl. The sentence was awarded by the third district and sessions court here.
Police said Salim raped the girl on August 15, 2012 at Janata colony, Tavarekere, Bengaluru Rural taluk.
Salim, a resident of Goriplaya in Bengaluru, was visiting his sister in Tavarekere on that day.
He took the rape victim with him on the pretext of buying beedis and then raped her at his sister's house when no one was at home. He killed her there.
The Tavarekere police had registered the case and arrested him.
When the charges were proved, the judge sentenced him to 10 years in jail and Rs 50,000 fine for the rape; and death sentence for the murder.
Public Prosecutor Raghu informed DH that this was the first time any convict was sentenced to death for rape, in a Ramanagaram court.