156 persons acquitted in Kandhamal riots

Phulbani: A total of 156 persons were acquitted by two Fast Track Courts here in three separate verdicts in connection with the Kandhamal riots of 2007 and 2008 in the communally sensitive district of the state.

Additonal Sessions Judge S K Das of Fast Track Court-I acquitted 14 accused persons in a house burning incident at village Dakedi under G udayagiri Police station in September 2008, due to lack of proper evidences.

B N Mishra Additonal Sessions Judge of Fast Court-II acquitted all the 142 persons arrested by the Brahmunigaon police in two cases of torching houses during the violence in 2007, due to lack of evidence.