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The Court of Additional Sessions Judge (Jorhat) on Friday awarded death sentence to one Rajen Doley and life imprisonment to 11 others for the Majuli murder of 2012.

On August 28, 2012, Rajen Doley of Borduwa gaon, Majuli, and eleven others killed three persons of a family on suspicion of practising witchcraft.

The 12 accused were convicted on Thursday by the Additional Sessions Judge Poly Kataki.

They were accused of murdering Rajkumar Doley, Bornali Doley and their son Jitu Doley of Luhit Sapori village under Garamur Police Station.

Sentencing Rajen Doley to death under Section 302 of the IPC (murder), Kataki ordered that he should “be hanged by the neck till he is dead”.

She also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Rajen Doley.

Those sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 302 of the IPC include Anil Doley, Limai alias Nimai Doley, Atul Doley, Biswa Patir, Baku Doley, Biman Patir alias Birinchi, Bamun Doley, Raju Doley, Lakhindra Patir, Jan Doley and Janma Doley.

Kataki also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on all the 11 convicts.

On the other hand, another accused in the case, Pulin Doley, expired during the trial.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com