Murder over past enmity: 10 including Sarpanch get life imprisonment

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Athagarh: The Additional district sessions court here on Monday convicted 10 persons including a Sarpanch in the Pradip Rout murder case (2012) in Athagarh and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

The additional district judge sentenced Sarat Swain, Sarpanch of Gadhadarpur panchayat of Tigiria block and 10 others to life imprisonment.

As per the case details, in April 5, 2012, Pradip was headed to Raghunath temple at around 9 am when Kartik Rout and Dibakar Rout of the same village waylaid him.

Later, Sarat Swain, Biswanath Mohapatra, Balabh Mohapatra, Kalandi Rout, Santosh Rout, Pabitra Rout Roop Mohapatra and Satrughna Rout attacked him with sharp weapons and wooden planks.

Pradip sustained critical injuries in the murderous attack and died while undergoing treatment at the Athagarh hospital.

Following this, Pradip’s family members had lodged a complaint with police. Based on the complaint and statement of witnesses, police arrested the accused persons and forwarded them to the court.

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