Two villagers from tribal Wada taluka were on Wednesday convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for brutally killing a poultry farm owner in 2009 over a petty dispute on a fighter cock.
Thane Additional Sessions Judge VK Shewale also fined the duo –Marvat Bhiva Mukne (50) and Sachin Gangaram Mukne (24) — with Rs. 1000 each.
Two others, both brothers, who were also booked in the case are still at large.
According to prosecution, the victim Rupesh Ashok Thackeray (24) and the accused lived in the same locality of Thackeray Pada of Gandhre village in Wada.
The three were involved in a dispute over Ashok’s fighter cock which got injured when Sachin pelted stones on it.
Sachin had promised the victim a compensation of Rs. 1500. Later fed up of his repeated demands for compensation, on August 23, 2009 both the accused reached Ashok’s house and called him out on the pretext of settling the matter and attacked him with a sickle and sticks, killing him on the spot, the court was told.
Two other accused, Gangaram Bhiva Mukne and Ankush Bhiva Mukne, both brothers, are absconding.