Two brothers and their cousin, involved in the murders of a woman and her boyfriend, were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Additional District Judge court in Odisha’s Berhampur on Saturday.
The court acquitted the victim’s aunt, the fourth accused in the case, due to lack of evidence.
ADJ (2) Dipak Kumar also imposed a ₹28,000 fine on each of the three convicts.
The three convicts are the deceased woman’s two brothers — Nirakar Nayak (30) and Narayan Nayak (27) — and her cousin Budha Nayak (25).
According to Additional Public Prosecutor K.C. Gouda, the court examined 24 witnesses and other forensic evidences to convict the trio.
The ‘honour killing’ of Mami Nayak and her boyfriend Amar Nayak (both 20) had taken place at Haldiapadar under Golanthara police station limits on the outskirts of Berhampur on May 11, 2014, early morning. The police had found the bodies in a pool of blood inside Amar’s residence at Haldiapadar. Both had been hacked to death by sharp weapons.
Mami’s marriage was to be held on May 11, 2014, but she had allegedly eloped with Amar on May 10, 2014, late night. They were at the latter’s home in Haldiapadar when the three convicts arrived there. They had an altercation with Amar and attacked him with an axe. In a bid to save him, Mami received a blow of the axe and died at the spot. Later the three hacked Amar to death. Amar’s mother was a key witness in the case.
The families of Mami and Amar were neighbours in Berhampur, but the former opposed their relationship.