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Death term becomes acquittal

Calcutta, June 24: Two men sentenced to death by a Nadia court last year were acquitted by Calcutta High Court today.

The third additional sessions judge in Nadia had sentenced Anil Mondal and Santosh Mondal to death on August 9 last year for killing Krishnapada Biswas of Mahisbathan in Nadia.

Kanai Lal had lodged an FIR with the local police on November 5, 1995, saying his father Krishnapada was missing since evening. In his complaint, Kanai said Anil had come to their house and told his father that another villager, Santosh, was waiting for him at Mahisbathan bazaar. Krishnapada accompanied Anil, but never returned.

Two days later, his body was found hanging from a tree in the garden of a house. Anil, Santosh and eight others were arrested. Probe revealed the Biswases had a family rivalry with Sushanta Biswas, who was also booked.

The Nadia court sentenced Anil and Santosh for the murder and acquitted the rest. Last November, they moved high court. Their counsel said there were no witnesses to the murder and they should be set free.

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