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9 get death penalty for burying alive 3 members of family

Press Trust of India  |  Rayagada (Odisha) 

A court here today awarded to nine persons for burying alive three members of a family after assaulting them on the suspicion of practising in 2016.

held the nine guilty of killing Asina Sabar (48), his wife (40) and their elder daughter (26).

"The court examined as many as 11 witnesses and took circumstantial evidences into account before pronouncing the judgement," said

Based on the complaint of the younger daughter of the deceased couple identified as Malati (22), the only eyewitness to the crime, police had registered a case under section various sections of the IPC and the Odisha Prevention of Witch Hunting Act.

On September 9, 2016, a group of people of Kitum village barged into the house of Sabar and forcibly took the three to a cowshed at the village end and beat them up, said Senapati.

As the three felt unconscious, the villagers dragged them to the village graveyard and buried them alive in a grave already dug, he said, adding that they burnt the bodies after exhuming them the next day to destroy evidence.

Uma Charan Patnaik, of the convicts, said they will move the high court challenging this verdict.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 21:55 IST