Law and order situation improves in Orissa’s Kandamal District

December 30th, 2007 - 7:58 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, Dec 30 (ANI): The law and order situation in Orissa has largely improved, even as the victims of the communal violence in Kandhamal District continue to wait for rehabilitation.

The day curfew in the district headquarters, Phulbani and Daringibadi and Baliguda town has been lifted.

The Divisional Commissioner said the night curfew would remain in force until the situation normalises.

Meanwhile, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a leading Christian group, has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the communal violence that hit Khandamal District on Christmas day.

Sajan K George, the group’s president, said that both the Centre and the Orissa governments failed to check the spread of riots.

He further said that the group was not satisfied with the judicial inquiry ordered by Orissa government.
The state government has set up a judicial commission, headed by Judge (Retired) Basudev Panigrahi to probe the communal violence in Khandamal District.

Villagers lament official apathy, as they are forced to resort to begging to feed their families.

“They (rioters) burnt down our houses, our property, our vehicles, everything. We don’t have anything to eat. I have to beg for food. The administration is not doing anything to help us or rehabilitate us. We are being forced to live in forests,” said Janaki Diggal, a riot victim.

Many people have gone missing since the violence broke out on December 24.

“My four sons are missing since the day of the violence. We had run away to save ourselves from the mob. The administration has not come forward to help us. We have no food, no shelter. I want my sons back,” said Prasanna Nayak, another riot victim.

However, the authorities say, they are doing their best to help victims by setting up relief camps in the affected areas.

“We have started food relief camps in school buildings in the villages affected by riots. Free food has been provided, winter garments and blankets will also be provided,” said Satyabrata Sahoo, Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Southern Division.

At least three people were killed in the violence that was sparked off on December 24 when Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists led mobs burnt down churches.

Over a dozen churches and prayer houses in Khandamal District were torched by the suspected saffron activists over Christmas celebrations.

The saffron activists were reportedly agitated following an attack on VHP leader Laxamanananda Saraswati, who led an anti-conversion movement. (ANI)

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