Three brothers get lifer for killing gangster

Cuttack: A lower court here on Thursday convicted three brothers of Pareswar Sahi area of the city on murder charges and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Tanmay Patra alias Tanu, Binay Patra alias Mentalia and Bijay Patra alias Menthu were arrested for murdering a gangster Ranjan Kumar Mahala alias Godhi about four years ago.

Cuttack District First Additional District Judge B Kar holding trial for last two years found the siblings guilty of killing local gangster Godhi by hurling bombs at him in the evening of August 17, 2007.

A severely injured Godhi was shifted to SCB hospital where he succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

The convicts were awarded life term and a fine of Rs 20,000 each on charges of murder and common intention. They were also sentenced to undergo another two years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2000 each under Explosive Act.

Both the sentences shall run concurrently, the court said.

It may be mentioned that Godhi was a noted gangster of the city and was having over 25 cases pending against him in almost all the police stations of the city. He was also booked under NSA once. He was also a key associate of gangster Raja Acharya who is now serving a life sentence for murdering judo coach Biranchi Das in Bhubaneswar.