Fifteen convicted in Kandhamal riot case
Hindu radicals killed 100 Christians and forced thousands to leave their homes in 2008 in Orissa, India. We welcome the conviction of the perpetrators of anti-Christian attacks. We urge India to do more to ensure religious freedom for Christians.
By Babu Thomas
10/04/2010 India (Christian Today)-A fast track court in Phulbani convicted fifteen accused for burning houses of Christians during the Kandhamal riots in 2008.
Judge CR Das sentenced the accused for three years rigorous imprisonment and also slapped a fine of Rs 4,500 each.
The same court, meanwhile, acquitted four others who were charged in a case of rape.
In another case, a fast track court acquitted ten people due to lack of evidence.
There was yet another acquittal of a murder accused Mathu Nayak who was implicated for the murder of James Nayal of Gudrikia village.