Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kandhamal violence: SC seeks explanation from odisha govt

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Odisha Government to explain the high rate of acquittals resulting from the numerous trials into the 2008 communal violence incidents reported at Kandhamal in Odisha.

The bench of Justices RM Lodha and AR Dave sought response of the state government in eight weeks on a PIL filed by NGO Initiative to Justice Peace and Human Rights and other private persons. The incident where the majority community in the state indulged in arson and killing of Christian dalits and vandalizing their places of worship, had so far resulted in only 64 convictions out of 185 criminal trials conducted till last year.  

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