Saturday, October 04, 2008

400 houses burnt and 2 Killed

Tensions continue in Orissa even as the Anti-Christian violence spilled over to the Boudh district which borders Kandhamal, the most affected district of the state.

Reports say that around 400 houses have been burnt by angry mobs between 1st October – 3rd October in Kandhamal and Boudh Districts. In Kandhamal the worst affected area was Raikia while in Boudh it was Kantamal.

It is reported that the police has so far arrested closed to 50 leaders having an affiliation to the Hindutva brigade.

In protest of this two Christians Dushyant Majhi and Sanyasi Majhi were killed on the evening of 3rd October in Sindhipankha village, near Tumulibandh by an angry mob. The mob later destroyed many Christian houses in the village and killed household animals.

It is estimated that 10 companies of the CRPF will be reaching Kandhamal by 5th October. An additional 10 companies of the CRPF were sent on 1st October 2008 by the centre raising the paramilitary presence to 53 companies including 3 of the RAF (Rapid Action Force).