Capital punishment for 2 Maoists for killing SP, 5 others in Jharkhand

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Dumka (Jharkhand): A court here on Wednesday sentenced two Maoists to death for killing a superintendent of police and five other policemen in Dumka district five years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge Mohd Taufiqul Hassan awarded capital punishment to Sanatan Baski and Sukhlal Murmu alias Pravir Da.

The court had convicted the two CPI(Maoist) members and acquitted five other accused persons for lack of evidence on September 6.

The duo had killed the then Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjeet Balihar and five other policemen in an ambush near Kathikund when they were returning to Pakur after attending a meeting in Dumka on July 2, 2013, Additional Public Prosecutor Surendra Prasad Sinha said.

Pravir Da, a member of the outfit’s Special Area Committee (Bihar and Jharkhand), is serving life term since August 9, 2016 in connection with another murder case, Sinha said. PTI