Balasore(Odisha):A local court here sentenced a man to rigorous life imprisonment for a double murder committed in Odisha's Balasore district in 2005.
    
Additional Sessions Judge (Fast Track-I) R N Mishra while awarding life term to convict Prashant Kumar Nanda Praharaj (31) on Tuesday also imposed Rs 5,000 as penalty.
    
The convict who is  a resident of Ghatgharsahi in Nilagiri area of Balasore district,would serve an additional one year RI if he fails to pay the penalty, the judge said.
    
According to the prosecution, the convict who is a tenant of Debendra Roul in Gopalgaon area of Balasore town had burnt to death landlord's wife Umarani and daughter Parbati on December 17,2005.
    
Debendra Roul,a peon in Sales tax department and then engaged at Ambliatha gate at Jaleswar, was not present in the house when the incident took place.
    
The convict after hitting the duo with a heavy object had set them on fire by pouring ghee on them.
    
Noticing smoke emanating from the house,neighbours raised an alarm. They found the door of the house as well as the entrance gate locked from outside.

Police subsequently seized two empty tins of ghee from the house.
    
The samples,ghee used for burning the victims and other objects were also seized from the site and house of the accused which were later on sent for forensic tests.
    
The court after cross examining 18 witnesses and going through circumstantial evidence delivered the verdict.

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(Agencies)