Kendrapara: The Kendrapara District and Sessions court today sentenced three persons to life imprisonment, while holding them guilty of murdering a businessman in 2011.
Sanjay Swain (34) was shot dead on June 11, 2011 by Krusnha Priya Singh, Ajay Das and Biswa Ranjan Rath as the victim had refused to give in to their extortion demands.
The trader was murdered at the crowded marketplace of Pattamundai Township and the incident had triggered a public outcry.
The district and sessions judge Biranchi Kumar Rath convicted the accused-trio under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention).
Prosecution counsel Bhimsen Bhuyan said the deposition of Sachikant Swain, the younger brother of the slain trader who was eyewitness to the gruesome killing, before the court had come in handy in convicting the assailants.