Vikash Sharma

Additional District Sessions Court in Anandapur on Wednesday awarded the death penalty to five accused in connection with the brutal murder of former block chairman Ramchandra Behera in 2019.

The Court awarded death sentences to five accused - Ajit Prusty, Sanjiv Prusty, Alekha Prusty, Arun Prusty, and Dolaboita, who were earlier arrested by Ghasipura Police in connection with the murder case.

On March 25, 2019, Ramchandra was brutally killed in front of his house at around 10:30 pm.

Advocate Aswini Mallick said, “The five accused had visited the house of Ramchandra and called him out. Later, they killed him in front of his house. The accused had also chopped the hands and legs of the deceased. The Court awarded death sentence to the accused after examining 53 witnesses, 94 documents, and 30 material objects.”

Deceased Ramchandra’s daughter said, “My father was killed by the accused in 2019. The SP, investigating officer, and other members of the bar supported me in the fight which continued for the last 5 years. I had faith in the judiciary and finally, justice has been delivered.”

(By Muna Singh)