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Life for triple murder

A Daltonganj resident was awarded life imprisonment on Monday in connection with a three-year-old murder case.

The court of additional district judge Nitesh Kumar Sinha of Dhanbad also slapped a fine of Rs 7,000 on Sonu Kumar Verma for burning his three sisters-in-law to death at his father-in-law Shiv Shankar Prasad’s Jharudih residence on December 7, 2010.

Sonu, who worked as a caterer in Chandigarh, had put the house on fire when his three sisters-in-law — Usha (30), Rima (26) and Rina (23) — were sleeping inside.

According to sources, Sonu got married to Prasad’s youngest daughter Nisha in March 2004. After their son’s birth, Prasad’s third daughter Rina was sent to look after her elder sister in Chandigarh. Sonu fell in love with Rina and started pressurising his father-in-law to allow him to marry Rina.

Prasad instead fixed Rina’s marriage elsewhere.

Upset with the decision, Sonu went to his father-in-law’s place in order to convince him. Sonu went absconding the morning after, but surrendered in the court of chief judicial magistrate on January 28, 2011.