Miner murder: Kin to move higher court

Bhubaneswar: Expressing displeasure over the verdict of a court in Bhubaneswar which awarded life term to gangster Seikh Hyder and his two aides and 10 years imprisonment to two other accused in mines trader Rasmi Ranjan Mohapatra murder case, the family members have decide to challenge the judgment in higher court.

“I expected death sentence. I got nothing from the judgment. We will go to the higher court”, Satyabhama Mohapatra said. “My husband’s soul would rest in peace if they are hanged”, she added.

“Only five accused were convicted. Why other six were freed,” an upset Satyabhama asked.

Explaining the judgment, senior lawyer Dharnidhar Nayak said the informant can file a revision in the High Court challenging the verdict of lower court.

The Additional District Judge Court-II, Bhubaneswar convicted Hyder and his aides under section 364 of the IPC while exempting them from section 302. The High Court will examine the section 302 in the case, Nayak pointed out.

Notably, eight years after the brutal murder of Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra, the Additional District Judge Court-II, Bhubaneswar, on Saturday had sentenced prime accused Hyder and two of his associates- Bhabani Shankar and Sarat Sahoo- to life imprisonment.

The court had also awarded 10 years imprisonment to two other accused- Ganapati Ray and Jajati while acquitting six persons due to lack of evidence in the sensational murder case.

The mines trader was abducted from Sahid Nagar area in Bhubaneswar on May 27, 2007 when he had come to purchase marble slabs.

The abductors later demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore from Mohapatra’s family members who had paid Rs 1 crore for his release.

Police, who was investigating the case, found two half-burnt bodies from Jamshedpur area in Bihar of which one of the bodies was identified as Mohapatra after the DNA test.