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Life term for wife murder

A Dhanbad court on Monday sentenced a BCCL employee to life imprisonment for hacking his wife to death after marrying for the second time 12 years ago.

Mahendra Prasad (35), a resident of Bhagabandh, 12km from the Dhanbad district headquarters, was also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000. His elder brother Naresh Prasad was handed the same punishment for helping him commit the crime.

Mahendra’s second wife Sanju Devi, who had hidden the body of victim Chinta Devi, was awarded five years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000.

Two other accused — Dharmendra Prasad and Nagina Devi — Chinta Devi’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, respectively, were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Prosecution lawyer Anil Kumar Das said that the court of district judge IX Abhay Kumar Sinha had pronounced Mahendra, Naresh and Sanju guilty on May 31, but the quantum of punishment was decided on Monday.

Mahendra married Chinta in 1999, but the couple could not have a child. In 2002, Mahendra secretly married Sanju. When Chinta came to know about the marriage and raised objections, Mahendra and his brother killed her with a sharp-edged weapon on the night of January 16, 2002.