GUWAHATI: More than four years after the brutal killing of five Adivasi people, a National Investigating Agency (NIA) court in Assam has convicted one Gautam Mahalia for his involvement in the attack in December 2014. The Special Judge, NIA Assam, after allowing the petition of the accused of pleading guilty of the offences sentenced Mahalia to four-and-a-half years of simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000. The court said the sentences would run concurrently.
This is the first conviction in this case and the third in a series of cases registered after the ethnic killings carried out by the National Democratic Front of Boroland (anti-talks faction) cadres at various places in Assam in December 23, 2014.
In the Kokrajhar incident, NDFB(S) cadres attacked innocent people of Pakiriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station and killed five persons, besides seriously injuring five others.
The accused has been in judicial custody since his arrest in January 2015.
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