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India court convicts 10 over school fire that killed 94 children 10 years ago

Published on Jul 30, 2014 6:10 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A court in India on Wednesday found a headmistress and nine others guilty over a school fire that killed 94 children a decade ago, the first convictions surrounding the tragedy.

Twenty one teachers, school officials and others were charged with culpable homicide, gross negligence and other offences over the blaze that swept through the school in Kumbakonam town in Tamil Nadu state in 2004.

Prosecutor R. Madhusudhanan said the founder of the private primary school, headmistress and cook were among the 10 found guilty, while another 11 people were acquitted.

"We will appeal before the high court," Mr Madhusudhanan told NDTV of the acquittals.

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