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Man gets death for rape and murder of 3-year-old

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhubaneswar, January 17, 2013
First Published: 18:12 IST(17/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(18/1/2013)

A court in Odisha’s Sambalpur district on Thursday handed over the death penalty to a man, three months after he raped and murdered a 3-year-old girl. This is the second pronouncement capital punishment in three months in the district in a similar case.
 
Delivering the sentence in a crowded court in Sambalpur, about 320 km west of Bhubaneswar, additional district and sessions judge (fast track) Ashok Kumar Panda also imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000 on accused Thidu Munda, 30.

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“The court found Munda guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering the minor victim on January 11 but had reserved the pronouncement of sentence,” public prosecutor Brajendra Panda said.

On October 4, Munda kidnapped the victim from her village, Budhiapali, on the pretext of treating her with some sweets. After raping and murdering her, he dumped her body in a forest about 8 km away from her village.

The decomposed body of the girl was found four days later while police arrested Munda on October 13.

In a similar case of rape and murder, on October 8 the Sambapur district and sessions judge Bibhu Prasad Routray had convicted a 28-year-old youth for raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl. On September 2, the youth, Pradip Dalei had lured the innocent girl from a slum in Sambalpur on the pretext of treating her with noodles and then raped and murdered her.

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