Biranchi case: Gangster Raja, another convicted

A fast track court convicted gangster Raja and one of his associates for killing of judo coach Biranchi Das.

Bhubaneswar: A fast track court here on Monday convicted gangster Sandeep Acharya alias Raja and one of his associates for killing of judo coach Biranchi Das, who had groomed world`s youngest marathon runner Budhia Singh.

Fast Track Court-III judge Vivekananda Das is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment on December 17 against Raja and his associate Akshya Behera alias Chagala, convicted under sections 302 (murder), 120(B) (conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of IPC and section 25 and 27 of Arms Act.

According to prosecution, `wonder kid` Budhia Singh`s coach Biranchi Das was murdered when he was celebrating `Mahabisubha Sankranti` in the evening of April 13, 2008, by Raja and Behera in front of the Judo Hall here.
The judgement was pronounced 32 months after the incident. In the case 28 witnesses, including five eye-witnesses were examined.

The court relied upon evidence like ballistic, medical, occular and circumstantial reports, assistant special public prosecutor Sudhanshu Sekhar Sahu said.

While Raja was arrested after he surrendered before the police at Panaji in Goa, Chagala surrendered in Bhopal a couple of days after the murder.

"We are happy that the killers are convicted under section 302 of the IPC. I am looking forward to the quantum of punishment," Das`s wife Gitanjali, also a judo coach, said.

Raja`s lawyer Bana Mohanty said his clients would appeal against the judgement.
The court found Raja and Chagala guilty on all the sections under which they were charged.


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