Eight Sentenced to Death for Murdering a Student in West Bengal
Sourav Chowdhury was the face of a crusade against anti-social activities in North 24-Pargana district. (Photo: iStockphoto)
Sourav Chowdhury was the face of a crusade against anti-social activities in North 24-Pargana district. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Eight Sentenced to Death for Murdering a Student in West Bengal

A district court sentenced eight people to death and awarded life term to another convict on Tuesday for murdering a college student in 2014 in North 24-Parganas in West Bengal.

Pronouncing the judgement, Additional District Judge Daman Prasad Biswas also awarded five-year jail terms to three people, including a woman, for the murder of the student Sourav Chowdhury at Bamungachi in the district on 5 July 2014. Those sentenced to death are Shyamal Karmakar, Suman Sarkar, Suman Das, Amal Barui, Somnath Sardar, Tapas Biswas, Ratan Samaddar and Tarak Das.

Rakesh Burman has been awarded life sentence. Three others who were awarded 5-year jail terms were Poly Maity, Sisir Mukherjee and Ratan Das.

Chowdhury, in his 20s, was the face of a crusade against anti-social activities in the area. He was killed and his body was found near a railway line. Earlier, the court had convicted 12 of the accused in the case. Another accused named in the FIR was, however, acquitted for lack of evidence on 15 April.

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