Communal violence in Kandhamal district of Orissa refuses to die down, with another group clash on Tuesday resulting in a Christian woman being hacked to death at Rudangiya, about 240 km from here. This takes the Kandhamal toll to 33.
According to police sources, the trouble began when an armed mob tried to torch houses at Rudangiya in the early hours on Tuesday.
The police had to open fire to disperse the mob. Later, the body of a woman, Ramani Nayak, was recovered from the spot where the clash occurred.
Kandhamal superintendent of police Praveen Kumar told HT that Ramani, a resident of Rudangiya village under G Udaygiri police station, “was hacked to death”. He said nearly 100 houses have been torched in the area. “The situation is now under control.”
Kumar said three companies of the CRPF and a platoon of the Rapid Action Force were rushed to the spot.
Twelve people were seriously injured. Some were reportedly injured in the clash, while the rest received bullet injuries in the police firing. They have been taken to hospital in Berhampur in Ganjam district. Hospital sources said five of the injured are in a critical condition.
This was the third police firing in Kandhamal in September.
Nun gangraped, no one arrested
Police have failed to made any arrests in the alleged gangrape of a nun at K Nuagam in Baliguda, Kandhamal.
The inciddent took place on August 25. The victim had lodged an FIR about the incident at the Baliguda police station.
Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar diocese told HT , “The FIR was lodged last month, but the government has not initiated any action till date”.
RP Koche, DIG of southern range told HT : “The medical examination of the nun was done but certain forensic test results are still awaited”.