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Posted on Dec 27, 09:54AM | UNI
A lower court awarded four death sentences and five life terms to two people for murdering four members of a Dalit family in 2007 in this southern district of Tamil Nadu, yesterday.
According to the prosecution, the culprits S Krishnan alias 'Vettum' Perumal and his associate M Kaatturaja murdered A Jayakumar (35), his wife J Shanmugathaai (29), their daughters J Indhira (10) and J Bhuvaneswari (9) over an iilicit intimacy.
Jayakumar, a farm worker developed extra marital affair with one K Subbulakshmi, wife of Kaatturaja, and when their affair came to light, Kaatturaja warned Jayakumar of dire consequences. Despite his warning, Jayakumar continued his relationship with Subbulakshmi.
Angried over this, Kaatturaja and his relative Vettum Perumal went to the house of Jayakumar on April 19, 2007, and murdered his family members with sickles.
When the case came up for final hearing yesterday, the Additional Sessions Court II Judge T S Nandhakumar convicted the duo of committing the murders and awarded four death sentences and five life terms, each. Later, both of them were lodged in the Palayamkottai Central Prison with tight security.