Fourteen sentenced to three years for Kandhamal riots
The fourteen Hindu radicals were among those who carried out attacks against Christians in Kandhamal, Orissa in 2008. More than 100 Christians were killed and over 55,000 displaced during the attacks. Several perpetrators are yet to face justice.
By Babu Thomas
11/22/2010 India (Christian Today)-A fast track court in Orissa awarded three years rigorous imprisonment to fourteen accused in the 2008 Kandhamal riots.
Judge CR Das of fast track court II in Phulbani sentenced seven people to rigorous imprisonment for setting fire to houses in Budamaha village in Raikia during the anti-Christian violence. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 4,500 each.
In a similar case of arson, seven people were sentenced to three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 6,500 each imposed for burning houses in Sindherigaon village.
Meanwhile, in a case of a murder, the court acquitted 31 persons while two were sentenced to six years of rigorous imprisonment.
The two were part of a mob that attacked three villages, setting fire to hundreds of houses that belonged to Christians. On September 30, the mob attacked and killed Ramamani Naik and Lalaji Naik of Rudangia village.
“Christians have lost confidence in the police and local councils. They work hand in glove with the assailants,” Fr Ajay Singh, who was part of the fact-finding mission, had expressed.