Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The accused in the sensational Khandagiri triple murder case in Bhubaneswar was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday.

Bhubaneswar ADJ-1 Court sentenced Sneha Swakhyara Samal to life imprisonment after convicting him of murder while hearing the case.

In a gruesome incident that happened on October 14, 2014, Orthopaedic doctor, Atulya Meher, his caretaker Prashant Behera, and the latter's teenage son Minu were murdered in the doctor's house near Khandagiri hills. They were stabbed to death with a knife. Their bodies bore multiple injury marks. Prasant’s wife also suffered severe injuries after being stabbed while trying to resist the murderer.

As per reports, medicine representative Samal entered the house of the victim with a flower bouquet on the ill-fated day. As per his previous plan, he had carried a sharp-edged knife in his bag.

Samal’s first victim was Prashant, the caretaker. As Prashant’s son, 14-year-old Minu came running on hearing his father’s cries, he, too, was stabbed. The third victim was Prashant’s wife Runu, who, however, was lucky to survive but was critically injured. The doctor was the last to be attacked by Samal.

Following the killing spree, when Samal tried to flee, he was overpowered by local residents. On being informed, Khandagiri Police reached the spot and arrested Samal.

As per reports, Samal killed the doctor in an act of revenge as he couldn’t afford the costly medicines prescribed by the doctor for the treatment of her daughter.