Cuttack: Orissa High Court has upheld the
conviction and sentence awarded by a lower court to Surendra Das alias Belu, the kingpin of 1992 Cuttack hooch tragedy and
four others in connection with the murder of a police informer
A division bench of the HC comprising Justices B P Das
and M M Das yesterday upheld the lower court’s order observing
that there is no infirmity or illegality in them.
Belu and his accomplices, including one of his brothers
were convicted by a local fast track court in 2005 of murder
and criminal conspiracy in the case and were sentenced to
The convicts subsequently had moved Orissa High Court
challenging the lower court’s order.
Belu, his brother Ramachandra and three accomplices were
convicted under section 302 and 120(B) of IPC for killing
Patnaik. The police informer was found dead lying in a pool of
blood near a hotel in Kesharpur area of the city on April 26,
The lower court found Belu and his brother, who were
then lodged in Choudwar circle jail for their involvement in
Cuttack hooch tragedy, to have masterminded the murder with
the help of their accomplices.
The man was summoned to a hotel by the accomplices and
shot dead from close.
More than 200 people had died in the 1992 Cuttack hooch
tragedy, considered as one of the worst in the country.