Kerala: 13 RSS activists get RI in Ashna case

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Kannur, Nov 17: On Monday, Nov 17 thirteen RSS activists were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment varying ten to five years in the Ashna murder attempt case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (Fast track III), Thalassery, B Ramakanth also slapped fines ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 85,000 on the convicts.

While fifth accused N Ramachandran was awarded ten years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 85,000, the remaining 12 accused were sentenced to five years in jail and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 25,000 each.

The judge also ruled that out of the fine, Ashna would get Rs two lakh and her mother Santha Rs one lakh as compensation for their injuries sustained in the crude bomb attack at Cheruvanchery in the district on September 27, 2000.

The incident occurred while RSS and Congress workers clashed at a polling booth in the election to ward VIII of the Patyam Gram Panchayat. Bombs hurled by RSS workers injured Ashna, who was playing in the courtyard of a house close to the polling booth. Ashna's mother and brother were also injured in the bomb blast. Ashna's right leg was later amputated.

Out of the total 14 accused in the case, sixth accused K Pradeepan was killed in a bomb blast at Cheruvanchery on November ten.


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