INDIA: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER IN JANJGIR CHAMPA
September 28, 2022:
A court in Chhattisgarh's Janjgir Champa district on 19 September 2022 sentenced two persons to death for the murder of a gram panchayat member in 2021. (Source: PTI, 20/09/2022)
First additional district and sessions judge Suresh Joon found the accused Sohit Kewat (28) and Sunil Kewat (23) guilty of killing Bhagwat Sahu, a member of the gram panchayat in Tumsa village, public prosecutor Rajesh Pandey said. Considering the serious nature of the crime, the court sentenced the duo to death and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on them, he said.
According to the prosecution, Sohit and Sunil were in a dispute with the victim over proceeds of a land deal in Tumsa village under Sheorinarayan police station.
On 20 November 2021, the duo attacked Sahu with a sharp-edged weapon and killed him.
They also circulated a video on social media stating that they had committed the murder, it was stated.