Phulbani (Orissa): A local court here acquitted
three tribal men who were arrested for alleged involvement in
during Kandhamal riot.
S K Das, Additional Sessions Judge acquitted them due to lack
of evidence yesterday. They were Umesh Pradhan, Senapaty
Pradhan and Tidinga Pradhan, all belong to Sulesaru village
in Tikabali police station.
The three had allegedly set fire to some houses of a
particular community in their village during the riots, the
In this connection, an FIR was lodged by Ludura Digal in
Tikabali police station and the three accused were arrested.
With the acquittal of these three, 49 persons have so far
been acquitted and 13 persons convicted in connection with 15
riot-related cases by two fast track courts here.
Eight hundred and fourty-five persons were arrested in
connection with 827 cases registered during the riots.