54 acquitted in Kandhamal Church burning case

October 30, 2013 by  
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Odisha, October 30, 2013: They were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

54 acquitted in Kandhamal Church burning caseA court in Odisha’s Kandhamal district yesterday acquitted 54 people who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2007 riots in the communally sensitive district.

Additional district and sessions judge, Phulbani, Rajendra Kumar Tosh, acquitted them due to lack of proper evidence against them in the case.

The prosecution alleged that the arrested persons had allegedly set on fire an Odia Baptist church and 14 houses at Barkhama village in the district on December 25, the Christmas day, in 2007.

The district had experienced riots on the Christmas Day in 2007 and another such clash after the killing of senior VHP leader Swami Laxamanananda Saraswati in 2008.

Two separate judicial commissions were now enquiring into the reasons behind the riots and measures to be adopted for preventing re-occurrence of such incidents in future.

– pti/economic times

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