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Court convicts man within 29 days of crime

In one of the fastest trials, a court in Odisha convicted a rape and murder accused in 29 days of the occurrence of the crime, a lawyer said here on Tuesday.

District and Sessions Judge B P Routray Monday held 28-year-old Pradip Dalai guilty but would pronounce the quantum of punishment Wednesday.

The accused was arrested by police 3 Sep. He was found guilty of allegedly kidnapping, raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl at Sambalpur, about 317 km from here, said public prosecutor Artatran Mishra.

Police filed a charge sheet against Dalai within seven days of the crime.

The judge pronounced Dalai guilty on the basis of the depositions made by about a dozen of people, including the witnesses, doctors, and police officials, during the course of the trial.

‘This is probably for the first time that justice has been delivered by a court so swiftly in our region,’ Mishra said.
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