Borgaon riot case: 27 awarded seven years RI

Sangli (Maha): A district sessions court on Weednesday awarded rigorous imprisonment of seven years each to 27 accused on charges of arson and rioting while acquitting 91 others in the case dated back to 1998.

According to the prosecution, a mob comprising upper caste people in Borgaon village had set on fire around 46 houses of people from the backward castes on September 15-16, 1998 after an upper caste girl reportedly eloped with a boy from the village.

118 accused out of 128 against whom the charge sheet had been filed under various sections of IPC were present in the court when the verdict was pronounced, while 10 accused have died over a period of time, the prosecution said.

Judge P R Deshmukh acquitted rest 91 accused for lack of evidence.