Odisha: Two brothers get life imprisonment for killing OJS officer

Cuttack: The court of Cuttack District and Sessions Judge today awarded life imprisonment to two brothers for killing Odisha Judicial Service (OJS) officer Anupama Behera in 2013 in Odisha’s Balasore town.

The court found Jyoti Ranjan Mohanty and his younger brother Priya Ranjan guilty in the murder case and sentenced the duo to life imprisonment.

The court convicted the siblings under Sections 302, 120(B) and 201 of the IPC and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo an additional imprisonment of one year.

The two were arrested on March 17, 2013, couple of days after the body of Anupama Behera, a Court Process Officer in Balasore town, was recovered from her official quarters on March 15, 2013.

Behera was married in 2009 to a gynaecologist and had a son. According to police, she had an extramarital affair with Jyoti Ranjan, a court clerk, while she was posted as a judicial magistrate first class in Nayagarh district.

On the other hand, Jyoti Ranjan’s wife had attempted suicide when she got to know of her husband’s relation with Behera. As the domestic strife in Jyoti Ranjan’s house went up, his younger brother Priya Ranjan thought of putting an end to it following which the brothers hatched a plan to kill the judicial officer.

On March 14, Priya Ranjan went to Behera’s quarters in Balasore, slitted her throat with a kitchen knife and smothered her face with a pillow to ensure she is dead, police had said.

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