Phulbani: A local court on Saturday
acquitted 39 people arrested for their alleged involvement in
Kandhamal communal riot in 2008.
The fast track court 1 of additional sessions
judge S K Dash acquitted all the 39 people due to lack of
proper evidence against them arrested in connection with two
separate cases relating to the riot.
A total 29 people of Dagapadar village under Tikabali
police station were arrested on charges of torching houses
belonging to a minority community, rioting and unlawful
assembly with deadly weapons on 26th August 2008. But, all of
them were acquitted due to lack of proper evidence.
The court also acquitted 10 other people arrested on
similar charges by Sarangada police for their alleged
involvement in a riot at Kritingia village under the same
police station on August 28, 2008.