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NCM seeks another report from Orissa

Taking serious note of the spread of violence to new areas in Orissa, the National Commission for Minorities has sought another report from the state government on the situation there.

delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2008 15:12 IST

Taking serious note of the spread of violence to new areas in Orissa, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has sought another report from the state government on the situation there.

"The Commission is concerned with the continuance of violence against the tribal Christians there. We have sought a report from the state government on the current status of the situation. The Commission may visit the state again after getting the report," NCM member Harcharan Singh Josh told PTI.

The Orissa violence issue will be high on the agenda during the next month's full-bench meeting of the Commission.

NCM members are particularly peeved at the spread of violence to new districts of the state, he said.

"We may go to Orissa again to see the reasons why the state failed to control the violence for such a long time even though the immediate provocation after the VHP leader Laxmananda's killing there was over after few days," NCM Chairman Md. Shafi Qureshi told PTI.

The Commission is learnt to have sought a similar report from Karnataka, which also witnessed anti-Christian violence.

Earlier, the Commission before sending its teams to both the states had also sought reports regarding the violence from the respective state governments.

NCM submitted its reports on violence in Karnataka and Orissa to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month accusing Bajrang Dal with fanning communal violence there.

The Commission in its report also criticised BJP government in Karnataka and BJD-BJP government in Orissa for failing to check the violence against minorities and asked for actions against the erring policemen in certain incidents.