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Kolkata: A Kolkata court has handed out a life sentence to four convicts in the 2011 spurious hooch death case at Sangrampur in South 24-Parganas that killed 173 people.

Judge Parthasarathi Chakraborty of the Alipore district court in the city today awarded the life sentence to the convicts, along with a fine of Rs 50,000 each. The same court had yesterday pronounced the four guilty after a trial that ran for nearly six years.

They have been convicted four counts that include culpable homicide not amounting to murder and mixing poison in the hooch. The judge awarded them the maximum punishment that is provided for in the Indian laws for the crime.

The four convicted and sentenced to life in jail are ~ Nur Islam Fakir alias Badsha, Nazrul Laskar, Dukhe Laskar, and Giyasudding Laskar.

As soon as the judge read out the sentence, the convicts and their family members broke down in the court. They accused the police of falsely framing them in the case. The family members also said that they will challenge the sentence in the Calcutta High Court.