5 awarded life term for killing journalist

BERHAMPUR, Jun 27: A local court on Thursday sentenced five persons to life imprisonment for the killing of a journalist in Odisha’s Ganjam district five years ago.
The scribe, Tarun Acharya (35), was killed on 27 May, 2014, for exposing that child labourers were being engaged in a cashew processing unit, his family said.
Additional district & sessions judge of Khallikote, Srinibash Pratihari, held all the five accused, including the owner of the cashew processing unit, guilty of the killing.
One more accused is still absconding.
The body of Acharya, with his throat slit, was found on 28 May, 2014, on the way leading to his village, Bikrampur, from Khallikote.
The crime branch of the state police had taken up the investigation in 2015, following the direction of the Orissa High Court. (PTI)