18 acquitted in Kandhamal riot

A fast track court in Orissa acquitted 18 people in two cases of rioting in the Kandhamal district in 2008, a lawyer said on Saturday.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 29, 2011 07:10 PM IST
Copy Link
IANS | By, Bhubaneswar

A fast track court in Orissa acquitted 18 people in two cases of rioting in the Kandhamal district in 2008, a lawyer said on Saturday.

While 10 people were booked for burning the house of Sramika Digal, eight people were booked for torching John Nayak's house. Both the incidents took place at Pipudidei village Aug 26.

Judge Sobhan Kumar Das delivered the verdict on Friday in both the cases at the district headquarters of Phulbani, some 200 km from Bhubaneswar, defence lawyer Ajit Patnaik told IANS.

"He acquitted all the accused persons as the charges levelled against them could not be established," he said.

The tribal populated Kandhamal district witnessed widespread communal violence after the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and his four aides at his ashram Aug 23, 2008 allegedly by Maoists.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 06, 2022