At least 12 persons were convicted and 46 others acquitted in riot related cases
by separate fast track courts here in Kandhamal on Saturday.
Slain VHP leader Laxamananda
Saraswati was regarded as a messiah by Hindu tribals but
minorities disliked him for his campaign against conversion
and cow slaughter, a commission probing his killing was told
Over 2,000 security personnel have been deployed in riot-scarred Kandhamal on the eve of the first death anniversary of VHP leader Laxamananda Saraswati on Thursday.Aug 13, 2009, 08:43 AM IST
As many as 1004 cases were
registered and 1218 persons arrested in connection with the
communal violence in Kandhamal last year in which 40 people
were killed and 136 others injured.