A local court here acquitted 11 persons owing to lack of evidence in a case related to communal riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district after the murder of senior VHP leader and saint swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others.
Additional District Judge, Phulbani, Rajendra Kumar Tosh acquitted all the 11 persons arrested in connection with the murder of Gopan Nayak of Gandagada village on September 9, 2008. The 11 faced charges ranging from rioting, house burning, unlawful assembly with arms as well as other sections of the IPC. While the 11 persons have been acquitted by the court, one accused is still at large. The Hindu