A district court in Odisha on Thursday upheld the capital punishment awarded to nine persons in connection with a triple murder case in Rayagada district in 2016.
The Rayagada district judge today upheld the judgement passed by Gunupur Additional District and Sessions judge in 2019. The court had found the nine accused guilty of the homicide of a couple and their young daughter at Kitum village under Putasingh police limits on suspicion of practicing sorcery.
"Three members of a family including a couple and their daughter were brutally murdered on September 9, 2016. The minor daughter of the couple was the eyewitness of the triple murder," public prosecutor Ajit Patnaik said.
"Gunupur additional district and sessions judge on April 13, 2019 had convicted all the nine accused and sentenced death penalty to them mentioning it as a rarest of rare case," he added.
However, the convicts had challenged the judgement in the Orissa High Court. While hearing the petitions, the HC had again sent the case back to the lower court asking for a retrial of the judgement.
The district and sessions judge of Rayagada Bikram Keshari Patnaik again convicted all the accused and upheld the death penalty.
Notably, Asina Sabar (48), his wife Ambei (40) and their elder daughter Asmani (26) were assaulted and killed by the convicts at Kitum village under Putasingh police limits on suspicion of practicing sorcery September 9, 2016.