Puri: In a major development, the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Puri today awarded life imprisonment to three convicts in the sensational Astaranga quadruple murder case that took place in 2015.
The accused, Himadri Sekhar Dash alias Rahim Khan, his wife Aisha Begum of West Medinapur in West Bengal have to append entire life in jail, the court clarified. Another convict Fakir Mallik of Bolagarh in Khurda got the lifer. They all were convicted under Sections 302/394/397/120-B of the IPC.
The Crime Branch was investigating the murders that occurred on September 22, 2015 when Dinabandhu Mallik, his wife Nirmala and their two children were found brutally killed at Dinadiha village in Astaranga. The CID of State Crime Branch took charge of the investigation from local police the next day and formed a special investigation team to nab the accused.
Investigation revealed that Fakir, brother-in-law of Nirmala, came in contact with Himadri during their journey in a train to Goa and befriended him. Himadri used to frequently visit the house of Fakir. Later, Fakir introduced Himadri to Dinabandhu and his family members. Himadri then developed intimacy with the family.
Fakir, the prime accused in the case, chalked out a plan with Himadri and Aisha to eliminate Dinabandhu for money. According to the plan, Himadri and Aisha visited the house of Dinabandhu on September 21, 2015 and murdered them in the night.