Thousands took part in silent march
to protest attack on Mysore church:
Nearly 3000 members of several Christian and
progressive organisations took out a silent march from St.
Philomena's Church premises in Mysore city on Saturday morning as a
A court in Orissa Saturday convicted 11 people and let off 17 others
in a 2008 case of rioting in Kandhamal district.
“Eleven people have been convicted and 17 others have been let off
for want of evidence against them,” P.K. Patra, the public
prosecutor, told IANS.
Fast track court-I judge Subhendu Das
sentenced the 11 convicted to five years imprisonment and fined them
Rs.2,000 each for torching the house of Gugula Das in Sorangada
village Sep 18, 2008.
If the convicts fail to pay the fine they
will have to spend an additional three months in jail, the court
Kandhamal district, about 200 km from
here, witnessed widespread violence after the murder of Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his
aides at his ashram Aug 23, 2008.
More than 25,000 Christians were forced
to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by rampaging
mobs that held Christians responsible for Saraswati’s killing,
although police blamed the Maoists.
The government has set up two fast track courts to try cases related
to the communal violence.