Houses burnt, four killed in Orissa wedding dispute

May 16th, 2008 - 5:18 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (IANS) Over sixty percent of the houses in a village in Orissa’s Puri district were burnt down and four people were killed in the violence following a dispute over a wedding procession, the police said Friday. Villagers from Kholaganj, 136 km from here, clashed with residents of the neighbouring Budhibara village over a wedding procession Thursday night, a district police official told IANS.

A youth of Budhibara village was killed in the clash. After this, some villagers set ablaze the houses at Kholaganj early hour Friday when the villagers were asleep.

The police said over sixty percent of houses in Kholaganj were completely gutted. At least three members of a family were burnt to death while five others sustained burn injuries.

About 100 policemen have been deployed in the area as the situation remained tense.

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