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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The District and Sessions Court in Jajpur has sentenced four members of a family to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of a woman in the family at Dandaghati village under Jenapur police limits in 2014.

As per reports, Laxmipriya Panda, daughter of Babaji Panda of Manda village under Mahanga police station in Cuttack district, had tied the nuptial knot with Chakradhara Panda of Dandaghati village as per Vedic rituals in 2014. However, a few days after the marriage, Laxmipriya alleged torture by her in-laws. 

On February 3, 2014, Laxmipriya’s in-laws allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. She was rescued by the villagers and admitted to SCB Medical and College at Cuttack in a critical condition. However, she succumbed to her burn injuries.

The deceased's family had lodged a complaint at Jenapur police station against her husband Chakradhara, father-in-law Birabara, mother-in-law Tanulata and brother-in-law Ami.

Based on the complaint, police had investigated the case and arrested the family members.

“The Court has sentenced the family members to undergo life imprisonment under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code. The Court has also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on them. In case of default, they will have to serve an additional one month jail term,” said public prosecutor Gadadhar Sahu.

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