Phulbani (Odisha): A fast track court in
Odisha`s Kandhamal district Thursday sentenced five persons to
rigorous imprisonment for two years in connection with the
2008 communal riots.
Fast Track Court-II Judge Biranchi Narayan Mishra
convicting the five persons also imposed Rs 5,000 fine on each
of them and ordered additional jail term for six months in
case of non-payment of penalty amount.
The court, however, acquitted two accused persons for
lack of evidence.
The seven people had been arrested for their
involvement in rioting and burning down of houses at Nilungia
village under G Udayagiri on August 24, 2008, a day after VHP
leader Laxmanananda Saraswati was killed at his Jalaspeta
ashram in the district.