A local court has awarded life imprisonment to seven persons in the 2010 Rohit Jain murder case.

The sentence was awarded on Monday by Additional Sessions Judge Upendra Sonkar to the seven accused and a fine of Rs.5,000 each was imposed on them, the prosecution said on Tuesday.

The seven accused are Rahul Sonkar alias Pappu, Gautam Sharma alias Golu, Ashish alias Veeru, Yogesh Pandit, Sajid Ali alias Pappu, Sadiq Raieen and Anand Baghel.

Following a dispute over purchasing of a shop in a building in Tularam Chowk area here, which Gautam also wanted to purchase, Rahul threatened Rajkumar Jain and his sons Ritesh and Rohit to cancel the agreement they had entered with the builder for that particular property. However, they refused to do so.

Later, Rahul and some other persons attacked them on January 30, 2010, causing grievous injuries. Rohit succumbed to his injuries later, prosecution added.

The police arrested the accused and recovered three pistols, including two country-made pistols, and a sharp weapon from them. — PTI