Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Centre sends 1000 more paramilitary personnel to Orissa

New Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) The Centre today dispatched 1000 personnel of paramilitary forces to the violence-hit Kandhamal district in Orissa in the wake of fresh communal clashes there.
Ten CRPF companies have been rushed to the district, taking the total to 53 companies out of which four are Rapid Action Force (RAF), a CRPF official said.
Police had arrested 35 people and reimposed day curfew in sensitive areas of the district in the wake of fresh violence there.
Areas like Phulbani, Raikia, G Udaygiri, Tikabali, Tumudibandha, Nuagaon, Gochhapada, Phiringia and Baliguda, have earlier been put under day curfew.
The Centre earlier today said that it was not satisfied with the response of the Orissa government to the notices issued over the continuous attacks on Christians in the state and said "much more needs to do done" to prevent further attacks on the minorities.
"We are not yet satisfied with the response of the state government. Much more needs to be done to quell the communal tensions," newly appointed Director General of BSF M L Kumawat who still holds the post of Special Secretary (Internal Security) told reporters.


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