Thiruvananthapuram: A local court today sentenced seven Dalit Human Rights Movement workers to life imprisonment for murdering a 60-year old in September 2009.
Second Additional Session Judge A Badharudheen also slapped a fine of Rs two lakh each on the convicts and directed them to pay Rs six lakh to the family of the deceased, Sivaprasad.
The court also directed them to pay Rs two lakh to a tea seller who was also injured in the attack.
Sivaprasad was attacked by the DHRM activists when he was on an early morning walk around Ayiroor near Varkala in the district on September 23, 2009.
The gang had also attacked a tea seller Ashokan and also chased away another person in the area on that day.
Those sentenced include DHRM Chairman Selvaraj and its South zone organiser Das.
The prosecution case was that the DHRM activists carried out the attack to show their organisational strength.