An additional district sessions court in Kochi on Wednesday awarded capital punishment to a contractor for killing three workers by setting them on fire.
The convict, Thomas Alva Edison, 28, had killed the three persons, natives of Tamil Nadu, in their room in Kochi in February, 2009.
Edison set the migrant workers on fire in their room when they sought wages. Edison, hailing from Tamil Nadu, too had sustained burns as he was at the room, where the workers were burned alive.
Edison had got bail in 2012 but went into hiding at the time of trial. He was arrested in April this year.