A district court today sentenced eight persons to death and awarded life term to another convict for murdering a college student in 2014 in North 24-Parganas in West Bengal.

Pronouncing the judgement, the Additional District Judge, Barasat also awarded five year jail terms to three persons, including a woman, for the murder of the student Sourav Chowdhury at Bamungachi in the district on July 5, 2014.

Chowdhury in his 20s was at the forefront of a crusade against anti-social activities in the area. He was killed and his body recovered from near the railway line on July 5, 2014.

 Earlier, 12 of the accused had been convicted in the case. Another accused named in the FIR was however, acquitted for lack of evidence on April 15.