Two get lifer in Rourkela trader’s murder case

Rourkela: The Second Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here awarded life imprisonment to two accused persons in connection with the sensational murder of city-based scrap businessman Anand Panda.

After examining as many as 31 witnesses, the court sentenced accused Rabi Nair and Mahesh Gop to life imprisonment for killing Panda over business rivalry in 2013 . However, the court acquitted Johnson Munda and Manoj Gop in this case, said public prosecutor Rabi Narayan Senapati.

On June 15, 2013, Panda was intercepted by miscreants while returning home on a motorcycle from a grocery shop. He was shot at from close range and attacked with sharp weapons. He was rushed to the Fertilizer Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.