12 convicted in Kandhamal riot case

Two separate fast track courts here sentenced 12 people to rigorous imprisonment and penalty after convicting them in cases of house burning during the Kandhamal riot in 2008.

Phulbani: Two separate fast
track courts here sentenced 12 people to rigorous imprisonment
and penalty after convicting them in cases of house burning
during the Kandhamal riot in 2008.

While disposing a case relating to house burning of
minorities at Lengisuga village under Baliguda police station
area during the riot, the fast track court judge C R Das
pronounced four years RI and Rs 3,000 penalty to 10 persons of
the same village and acquitted four others due to lack of
proper evidence.

Similarly, the fast track court-I judge S K Das
pronounced three years RI and Rs 3,000 penalty to two persons
after finding them guilty in setting fire on the houses of
minorities at Ghodabisa village under G Udaygiri police
station area.

Both the house burning cases were reported on August
27, 2008, barely four days after killing of the VHP leader
Swami Laxamananda Saraswati.

Above 4,000 houses were burnt and 38 people killed in
the Kandhamal riot in the aftermath of Saraswati`s killing.

PTI

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