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Nine sentenced for communal riots

July 22, 2011 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india, Orissa, Persecution

The incident occurred on August 24, 2008

The incident occurred on August 24, 2008

Nine persons were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment in connection with the 2008 ethno-communal riots in Kandhamal. Additional Sessions Judge, Phulbani, Sobhan Kumar Das convicted them for their involvement in house torching, murder, rioting and unlawful assembly with deadly weapons. He also imposed a penalty of rupees 11,000 each.

Ten others charged in the case were acquitted due to lack of proper evidence. The incident occurred on August 24, 2008, after the killing of senior VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswami at his Jalaspeta ashram in the district. Rasananda Pradhan of Gadragaon was killed on the spot by a mob. The attackers belonged to Gadragaon and nearby villages.

– msn.com

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