Man sentenced to death for 2011 twin murders

Jajpur: In a landmark decision, the district and sessions judge here awarded death sentence to a man for killing a relative and his daughter in the town in 2011 over land feud.

According to the case diary, the convict – Ganeshwara Mahanta of Nathi Sahi under Sukinda police station – murdered Dukhabandhu Mahanta and his widowed daughter Kanchan at their residence on March 14, 2011, over a dispute on possession of ancestral land.

Ganeshwara, who had fled after committing the ghastly act, later surrendered in the court of judicial magistrate (first class) here after police took his parents in custody and threatened to name them as co-conspirators in the case.