Phulbani (Orissa): As many as 82 people
accused of Kandhamal riot related cases were on Saturday acquitted
by two separate courts for want of evidence.
While the fast track court-I Judge S K Das pronounced
acquittal of 46 persons -- 40 people in one case and 6 others
in another --- the fast track court-II judge C R Das acquitted
36 people in house burning incidents.
The house burning incidents were reported from
Lingagarh village under G Udaygiri police station area,
Sarangagada village under Sarangagada police station limit and
another from Sashipadar village under Phiringia police station
All the three house burning incidents took place
between August 25, 2008 to August 27, 2008, when the communal
violence was at its pick in Kandhamal district following
killing of the VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati.
With the acquittal of 82 persons, the number of
persons acquitted in the riot related cases crossed 500 mark
while about 180 people had been convicted so far.