Kandhamal BJP candidate booked for hate speech (Lead)

April 11th, 2009 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) Ashok Sahu, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Orrissa’s Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency, has been booked for delivering an inflammatory speech in a region where communal violence last year claimed 38 lives.
“We have registered a case against Sahu. The matter is under investigation,” S. Praveen Kumar, the district superintendent of police, told IANS Saturday.

At a public meeting at Raikia town April 5, Sahu accused the church of indulging in conversion.

Kandhamal district, about 200 km from here, witnessed widespread communal violence after the murder of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader in August 2008.

At least 38 people were killed and more than 25,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes in the violence that followed. At least 3,000 people are still living in government relief camps.

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