Several injured in fresh violence in Orissa

September 30th, 2008 - 11:03 am ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Sep 30 (IANS) More than a dozen people were injured in fresh violence Tuesday in Orissa’s Kandhamal district, where clashes between Hindus and Christians have claimed at least 30 lives in the past month.A mob set fire to Christian homes and a church in Rudangia village under Udauagiri police station. The two sides then clashed with each other, leaving over a dozen injured, a police official told IANS by phone from Kandhamal.

The region has been witnessing communal violence since Aug 23, when Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his aides were shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his Jalespata Ashram.

The VHP accused Christians of the murders, a charge strongly denied by Christian organisations.

Since then, thousands of people have been rendered homeless, many churches attacked and at least 30 people, mostly Christians, killed in the state.

Prohibitory orders are still in force in the district and night curfew is imposed in most towns.

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