Ex-army doctor who chopped wife’s body into 300 pieces gets lifer

Bhubaneswar: A retired army doctor, who had murdered his wife seven years back and had chopped her body into 200-odd pieces, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Khurda district and sessions judge court.

The convict Somnath Parida (now 78) had stashed the mutilated the body parts of spouse Ushashree in two iron chests. The dastardly murder by the retired army doctor had sparked countrywide sensation.

Parida was convicted on the basis of circumstantial, material and scientific evidences of the crime though there was no eyewitness of the crime, prosecution counsels said.