19 get lifer in 2007 murder case in Ganjam
Berhampur: A local court here on Wednesday convicted 19 persons and sentenced them to life imprisonment in connection with 2007 Maheswar Sasmal murder case.
Maheswar Sasmal of Kulata village in Ganjam district was allegedly involved in criminal activities. Later, a peace committee was formed to maintain law and order in the village.
The 19 members of the peace committee had attacked Maheswar in 2007, leading to his death. The police had registered a case and arrested all the 19 accused. However, they were later released on conditional bail.
Hearing the case, Additional District Judge (first class) Sanjay Kumar Sahu awarded life imprisonment to the 19 persons. Of the 19, one accused had died during the trial period.
The court pronounced the verdict on the basis of statements of 12 witnesses.