RSS worker shot dead in Kandhamal

November 5th, 2008 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Nov 5 (IANS) An activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was Wednesday shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Orissa’s communally sensitive Kandhamal district, the police said. “Three people came on a motorcycle and shot dead Dhanu Pradhan at Kumarigaon village,” an official of the Brahmanigaon police station told IANS.

Pradhan was a contractor and a known RSS activist in the area.

“A police team has been rushed to the village for further investigation,” the official added.

The district of Kandhamal, some 200 km from here, witnessed communal violence after the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides Aug 23.

While the police blamed the Maoists for the crime, the Hindu groups blamed Christians for the murder. At least 38 people were killed and thousands were rendered homeless in the violence.

The police is not sure if Wednesday’s killing has any link to the communal violence.

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