Kolkata college student murder: Eight persons awarded death sentence

A Kolkata court on Tuesday pronounced death sentence for eight persons in connection with the murder of a college student.

Updated: Apr 19, 2016, 12:48 PM IST
Kolkata college student murder: Eight persons awarded death sentence
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Kolkata: A Kolkata court on Tuesday pronounced death sentence for eight persons in connection with the murder of a college student.

According to ANI report, the quantum of punishment was pronounced today in the murder of Sourav Chowdhury whose body was recovered near the railway line on July 5, 2014 at Bamungachi in North 24 Parganas district.

One of the 13 accused in the case was acquitted for want of evidence while 12 others were convicted.

Sourav Chowdhury, a student activist from Bengal, was killed on July 5 for allegedly protesting against liquor and drug dens in his locality of Bamungachi, 30 kilometres away from Kolkata.

Sourav had reportedly protested against hooch dens in his neighbourhood that were allegedly run by one Shyamal Karmakar. His protests reportedly forced many liquor dens in the area to shut shop.

However, the 21-year-old student's body was found on the morning of July 5 in 2014, hacked to pieces, on the railway tracks near his village.

His family alleges that he was called out of his house by a group of people led by Shyamal Karmakar.

Shyamal Karmakar, the main accused, was arrested from Rampurhat in Birbhum district. Days later, police also arrested another local criminal Anup Talukdar in connection with the case.