A court here on Saturday sentenced 14 persons to three-year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a penalty of Rs.4,500 on each in two cases of the 2008 communal riots in Kandhamal district.

The court sentenced seven persons for burning down houses belonging to the minority community at Sindigaon in Baliguda, and for rioting. In another case of house burning at Budamaha in Raikia, it found all seven accused guilty.

Fast track court judge C.R. Das, however, acquitted six others for lack of evidence in a similar case at Sajeli in G. Udayagiri. — PTI

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