**Rayagada:** 14 persons were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Additional District Judge of Rayagada on Thursday. The 14 were accused of killing an elderly man in a sorcery-related violence.
The incident took place on November 18, 2017 in Chanchada Drugum village under Seshakhal police limits. The deceased Dekina Tadhingi was 70-years-old. He was assautled brutally and cremated by the culprits in the village ground.
The police had arrested 14 persons and booked them under multiple Sections of the IPC including murder.
The case was registered on the complaint of Prasant, the victim’s brother. Total 19 witnesses deposed before the court against the accused. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 against each of the accused.