Rayagada: Iranian woman awarded 1yr jail term in drowning case

Rayagada: Iranian citizen Nargis K. Asthari, who is the chief of Prison Foundation in Rayagada was sentenced to 1 year jail term and Rs 3 lakh fine by the SDJM court in connection with the drowning of a minor in November 2014.

Notably, in November 2014, the officials of the foundation had gone for a picnic at Nagabali river with some small children. One of the children identified as Asim Jilakira was swept away in the river and died. Following the incident, Asim’s father lodged a complaint against Nargis and secretary of the foundation Jual Rajgupta.

Hearing the case, the SDJM court pronounced the judgment sentencing Nargis to a prison term of 1 year along with fine. The court, however, acquitted Jual Rajgupta due to lack of evidence.

“Jual Rajgupta was acquitted by the Court due to lack of evidence while Nargis K. Asthari was awarded 1 year jail term and Rs 3 lakh fine to be paid to the kin of the victim,” said public prosecutor, Sachidananda Khadanga.