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A local court has awarded death penalty to a man for abducting and killing three three minor siblings in February 2011 in Ratnapur town of the district here in Bilaspur.

First additional district and sessions judge Neeta Yadav yesterday sentenced – Manoj Suryawanshi – to death for abducting and killing the children from his neighbourhood.

According to police, Suryawanshi had kidnapped his neighbour Shivlal Dhivar’s children – Vijay (8), Ajay (6) and Sakshi (4)- on February 11, when they were returning from school.

The accused took them to a nearby field where he killed them by hitting them with stones.

He was arrested the next day. According to prosecution, the accused committed the crime to take revenge against Shivlal’s brother Shivnath. Suryawanshi believed that his wife had eloped with Shivnath.


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