13 convicted, 17 acquitted in Kandhamal riots case

Fast Track Court-I Judge Sobhan Kumar Das also imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on the convicts for torching of houses in Sarangarh area in the district between August and October, 2008.

The court acquitted 17 others for lack of evidence, while 18 others were acquitted in another case of arson at Phiringia area.

In another case, the court sentenced two persons to rigorous imprisonment for five-year and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of them for arson at Ranjabadi village in Tikabali area in the district.

Fast Track Court-II Judge C R Das acquitted four persons for violence in Baliguda area of the district.Kandhamal, about 200 km from here, witnessed widespread violence following murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008.

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