Hand Chopping Case:10 accused sentenced for 8 years in jail

Kochi: A special NIA court here on Friday awarded a jail term of eight years to 10 persons convicted in the sensational hand-chopping case of college professor TJ Joseph. Of the 13 people the court found guilty of charges, the eight-year term was given for five persons who directly involved in the crime and five more who plotted the attack. Three persons who assisted the convicts to go underground were also awarded two years in jail. As many as 18 people have been acquitted by the court citing lack of evidence.Six people including the first accused, are absconding. The hand of Joseph, professor of Newman College was chopped while he was returning home after attending a Sunday mass in 2010.

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