RI to three persons in Kandhamal riots case

Phulbani: A fast track court in Kandhamal on Friday sentenced three persons to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for three years for their involvement in rioting and arson in the December 2007 riots in the communally sensitive district.

Addition Session Judge Sobhan Kunar Das of the first track Court No.1 convicted the trio to RI and also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 to each of the convicts in connection with riots and torching of houses at Budurukia village under Raikia police station on December 26, 2007.

The violence had its genesis in the attack and pelting of stones on Christmas revellers at Barakhama in the district on the previous day.

The incident had evoked largescale protest and spread to other parts of the tribal-dominated district in which three persons died.