Itanagar: The District and Sessions Court of Khonsa, Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh sentenced one Rabidhan Chakma, a settler of Diyun town in Changlang district, to life imprisonment for “murdering a man over a homestead land dispute”.

District and Sessions Judge H Kashyap convicted Rabidhan under Sections 302, 380 and 201 of the IPC, apart from additional fine and other punishments.

According to the prosecution Rabidhan who had earlier got into a quarrel with one Santosh Kumar Hajong, the deceased, over a homestead land murdered the latter by striking him on his head with a stone.

The case dates back to August 1, 1999. When Rabidhan came to know that Santosh was lying on the roadside in a drunken condition, he went to see him. Taking that as an opportunity to take revenge, Rabidhan struck Santosh on his head with a big stone that broke his skull and also damaged his frontal lobe, officials said.

Further, to mislead the public and police, Rabidhan stole one bicycle from the Jyotipur Village and kept the same near the dead body to give an impression that the death was caused due to bicycle accident.

During an investigation that followed soon after, the police found that the deceased did not have any bicycle. The bike found next to the deceased belonged to some other person, and it was stolen the same night.

It was later revealed during further investigation that the accused Rabidhan Chakma had cold-bloodedly murdered Santosh Hajong because of their previous enmity.

The case was pending before the court of Changlang deputy commissioner, and it was later transferred to the fast track court in Namsai and then again to the district and sessions court, Tezu (east session division).

After the creation of a Sessions Court at Khonsa, the case was tried by district and sessions judge Kashyap, who passed the verdict on Wednesday, officials added.

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