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Duo get life for 7-yr-old murder

Dec. 12: A trial court today sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for murdering a man at Khetri on the city outskirts in 2005.

District and sessions judge R.K. Phukan convicted Basanta Boro alias Bonda Boro and Pratap Basumatary alias Bihari — both in their early fifties — under Sections 302, 149, 448, 323, 147 and 148 IPC in an order passed yesterday.

The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on them. They will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month if they fail to pay the fine.

Armed with daos (machetes) and sticks, the two accused, along with Babul Boro, Sanjay Basumatary, Putul Boro and Bhedela Boro, barged into the residence of Rameshwar Das at Khetri on June 18, 2005, and brutally assaulted Das and his wife.

Rameshwar Das later died of his injuries.

A case was registered in this connection at Khetri police station based on a complaint lodged by Rameshwar’s son Dhireswar. The complainant was not present at his house when the incident happened.

According to police, the incident was the result of personal enmity between the victims and the assailants.

Two of the accused — Babul Boro and Sanjay Basumatary — were declared absconding and cases of two other accused — Putul Boro and Bhedela Boro — were sent to the Juvenile Justice Board since they were found to be minors at the time of commission of the offence.

During trial, altogether six witnesses were examined.

Although the accused duo prayed for leniency — saying they had families to maintain and children of marriageable age — the judge said there was no scope for leniency considering the serious nature of the offence.

The order said the period the accused persons have already spent in jail during investigation and trial of the case will be set off against their sentence.