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Last Updated: Monday, 26 March 2007, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Death for 'fuel racket' murderer
A court in India has sentenced a petrol pump owner to death for murdering a young oil company manager who exposed a racket in the sale of adulterated fuel.

Monu Mittal was convicted of shooting sales manager S Manjunath dead in northern Uttar Pradesh state in 2005. Seven others received life sentences.

Mr Manjunath, who worked for the Indian Oil Corporation, had ordered Mittal's pump shut after finding irregularities.

The discovery of the 27-year-old's bullet-ridden body prompted outrage.

Mr Manjunath was a graduate from one of India's most prestigious business schools, the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow.

He was shot dead in November 2005 and his body was recovered later from an area in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

Lawyers for Mittal said he would appeal against his sentence.

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