558 houses, 17 places of worship torched during riot: Orissa govt

BHUBANESWAR: Claiming that the situation in Kandhamal and elsewhere in Orissa was well under control, the state government on Monday said at least 558 houses and 17 places of worship were burnt in communal riots after VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati’s killing on August 23.

While 543 houses were burnt in the worst hit Kandhamal district, 15 houses had been set ablaze in Gajapati district, said Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

All the torching of places of worship were reported from Kandhamal district where over 185 people were arrested on charge of rioting, arson and other offences. A total of 35 people were injured in the riot in Kandhamal, he said.

Though Tripathy did not mention how may were killed during the riot, official sources on Monday put the figure at 16, with the recovery of two bodies in Kandhamal district.

Besides Kandhamal, Tripathy said, people were provided with food in free kitchen in Rayagada and Gajapati districts. While 12,539 people were fed in 10 relief camps, 783 people got the facilities in two relief camps in Rayagada district.

He said relief camps were located at Chakapada, Raikia, Baliguda, K Nuagaon, Tikabali, Phiringia, Phlbani, Tumudibandha and Daringbadi blocks in Kandhamal district.

Director General of Police Gopal Nanda said besides 12 companies of para-military forces, 24 platoons of Orissa State Armed Police, two sections of Armed Police Reserve forces and two teams of Special Operation Group (SOG) were deployed in Kandhamal.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/558_houses_17_churches_torched_during_Orissa_riot/articleshow/3431842.cms

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Orissa violence: Archbishop moves SC seeking CBI probe

NEW DELHI: The Archbishop of Cuttack on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the violence against Christians in Orissa.

The Archbishop’s petition has also sought that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) be asked to conduct a probe to find out which organisation was behind the Kandhamal violence.

Senior Advocate Collin Gonsalves informed about the filing of the petition to a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan which agreed to hear the matter later in the day.

The petitioner claimed that the Rapid Action Force has been deployed only in the cities and it has to be moved to the rural areas which have borne the maximum brunt of the unrest.

The petition also sought a compensation of Rs four lakh each for those whose property and houses were destroyed in the violence.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Orissa_violence_Archbishop_approaches_SC_seeking_CBI_probe/articleshow/3436275.cms

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PM offers aid to people hit by violence in Orissa

NEW DELHI: Taking a “very serious notice” of the communal violence in Orissa, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday offered a package of assistance to the families of people who have lost their lives and those rendered destitute by it.

The Centre would provide assistance to the family members of persons who have lost their lives and those victims who have been permanently incapacitated in the incidents under a recently finalised Central scheme for assistance to victims of communal violence, he told a Congress delegation from Kerala.

Besides, Singh said, a package of assistance to the people who have suffered in the incidents, including those rendered destitute and homeless and support for repair of houses damaged including orphanages, would be provided from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The Prime Minister said that Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has given an assurance of “firm action” in the matter.

Singh told the delegation that he had personally spoken to Patnaik to ensure communal harmony and bring to book the culprits behind the violent incidents.

The delegation led by Leader of Opposition in Kerala Oomen Chandy included P J Kurien, MP and others.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/PM_offers_aid_to_people_hit_by_violence_in_Orissa/articleshow/3432783.cms

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