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Kandhamal riots case: 13 sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment

Phulbani (Odisha), Oct. 21 (ANI): A fast track court in Phulbani, Odisha has sentenced 13 persons to six years rigorous imprisonment for their involvement in the 2008 Kandhamal riots.

Pronouncing his judgement yesterday, Additional Sessions Judge (Fast Track Court-1) Sobhan Kumar Das acquitted six others due to lack of evidence.

The court fined each convict Rs 5,000 or in default rigorous imprisonment for another six months.

The accused had torched houses of minorities in Salagduda under the Gochhapada police station during Kandhamal riots on September 9, 2008 in the aftermath of the killing of senior VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati at his Jalaspeta ashram in the district. (ANI)