Latehar, Jharkhand: A court here on Friday awarded life term to eight men convicted in a case related to killing and hanging of two persons, including a minor, in March 2016.
The court of First Class Judicial Magistrate Rishikesh Kumar pronounced the sentence and slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on each of them, public prosecutor Balram Prasad said.
In case of default or non-payment of fine, he said, the convicts would have to spend one more year in prison.
Majlum Ansari (32), a cattle trader, and Imitiaz Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree between Jhabar and Chetan areas under Balumath police station limits on March 17, 2016.
They were reportedly taking their cattle to a village fair for sale when they were attacked.
The police had said that they were beaten to death and then hanged from the tree.
Five accused – Manoj Sahu, Pramod Sao, Awadhesh Sao, Mithilesh Sao alias Banti and Manoj Kumar Sao – were arrested shortly after the incident.
The remaining three – Arun Sao, Sahadev Soni and Bishal Tiwari – had surrendered before a local court later.