Phulbani (Orissa): A fast track court
here sentenced 13 people to five years` imprisonment on Wednesday for
their involvement in 2008 Kandhamal riots.
Additional Sessions Judge of Fast Track Court-II,
Biranchi Narayan Mishra, while convicting the 13, also imposed
a penalty of Rs 2,000 on each.
According to the prosecution, the convicts were
involved in rioting, arson and torching of houses in Sartaguda
village under Tikabali police station in September, 2008 after
the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati.
In another judgement, the court acquitted 12 people
had been arrested by Phiringia police on charges of unlawful
assembly with deadly weapons in Sripalla village on December
The area witnessed violence in December 2007.