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Court awards death sentence to 9 in Gunupur triple murder case

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Gunupur: Pronouncing the quantum of punishment in the two-year-old Gunupur murder case, in which three members of a family were brutally thrashed to death and then buried on suspicion of practicing witchcraft, the Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ) Court here awarded death sentence to all nine accused on Friday.

“ADJ Gunupur Dr Subhendu Kumar Pati, who adjudicated the case, awarded death penalty to all nine involved in the case”, confirmed Krushna Chandra Senapati, Assistant Public Prosecutor to media.

However, the counsel of the accused Uma Chandra Patnaik expressed his dissatisfaction over the ADJ Court judgment and said he would move to High Court against the verdict.

On the other hand Milita Sabara, daughter of the deceased couple, before whose eyes the ghastly murder took place, expressed her satisfaction over the ADJ court’s judgment in the case. She thanked government, police, and media for their cooperation.

The convicts identified as Ajanta Sabara, Bubhuna Sabara, Maluku Sabara, Podantu Sabara, Iru Sabara, Lakia Sabara, Degun Sabara, Dasanta Sabara and Dalsa Sabara attacked the family in Kitung village under Putasingh police station in Rayagada district on September 9, 2016. They killed Asina Sabara, his wife Amai along with their elder daughter Ashamani and buried their bodies in a nearby forest. Later, they dug out the bodies and set those to fire to destroy evidence.