Myanmar court sentences 3 defendants to prison for Meikhtila riot

2013-04-12 03:20:30 GMT2013-04-12 11:20:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YANGON, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A Myanmar township court of Meikhtila has sentenced three defendants to 14-year prison term each with hard labor for sparking communal riot in Meikhtila, northern Mandalay region, late last month, the official daily Mirror reported Friday.

Of the three, two are goldshop owners U Tun Tun Oo and Daw Myint Myint Aye, who are couple, and the other is a shop worker Nyi Nyi.

Through a brawl, the three beat a villager U Khin Maung Win to sustain serious injury, who came along with his wife and other one for selling a bit of gold clip at the goldshop on March 20.

The brawl between buyers and sellers sparked the deadly riot in Meikhtila which initially spread to three other townships, namely Wandwin, Mahlaing and Thazi where a state of emergency was imposed since March 22 with the intervention of the army to bring the situation under control.

A total of 43 people were killed and 86 others injured in the riot with 1,355 houses, shops and buildings being destroyed as well as 39 various vehicles being burnt.

The Meikhtila riot further spread to six townships in Myanmar's West Bago region, namely Minhla, Monyo, Okpho, Gyopingauk, Zigon and Nattalin.

Myanmar police force has claimed arrest of 68 culprits linked with the riot which left more than 11,000 people homeless.

Order has been initially restored to these riot-torn areas since the end of March, thanks to tightened security.

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