Court convicts 24 people for Kandhamal riots
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 00:27
Phulbani (Orissa): A fast-track court in Orissa's Kandhamal district on Friday sentenced 24 people to three years of rigorous imprisonment besides slapping a fine of Rs 1,000 each in connection with the 2008 communal riots.

Pronouncing the judgement, judge S K Das also acquitted six other persons due to lack of evidence.

The convicts were charged with house burning, rioting and unlawful assembly in Kurminga village under G Udayagiri police station in September 2008.

In another case, the court acquitted four persons of charges of setting afire a police out-post at Pasara under Tikabali police station in the district in August 2008.

The tribal-dominated district had witnessed communal violence in the aftermath of the killing of senior VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008.


First Published: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 00:27

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