Situation improves in Kandhamal
Curfew is relaxed for 10 hours in violence-scarred Kandhamal district, even as security forces stage a flag march to maintain peace.india Updated: Aug 29, 2008 14:31 IST
Curfew was relaxed for 10 hours in violence-scarred Kandhamal district on Friday where the death toll in the communal clashes mounted to 12 with recovery of two bodies, even as security forces staged a flag march to maintain peace.
"The situation is now fully under control and no fresh incident of violence was reported since yesterday," Deputy Inspector General of Police RP Koche said.
Two bodies believed to be of victims of earlier violence were recovered from Phiringia and Sarangagarh, an official said.
A large number of people who had taken shelter in forests following the violence after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati on Saturday night have started returning, Kandhamal District Collector Krishan Kumar told PTI over phone.
"As the situation witnessed substantial improvement, nearly 5,000 people were accommodated in relief camps set up at seven places in Kandhamal and free kitchens were opened," he said.
Curfew, clamped in the district on Aug 26, has been relaxed form 8 AM to 6 PM.
Police protection was being provided at relief camps amd magistrates deployed at all sensitive places.
Altogether 85 criminal cases, including 11 in Kandhamal district, relating to murder, arson and rioting were registered across the state.
Curfew remained in force at Phulbani town, Baliguda, Tumudibandha, Barkhama, Raikia, G.Udaygiri, Daringbadi, Tikabali and some other sensitive areas.
Three companies of the Rapid Action Force and two companies of CRPF have reached Orissa so far.
Two helicopters were also being sent by the Centre to assist in force mobilisation and relief operations.
People were pouring into relief camps at G Udaygiri, Raikia, K Nuagaon, Balliguda, Phiringia, Tikabali and Chakapada and more were likely to be opened soon, official sources said.
Peace committees comprising representatives from different communities and officials held meetings at Phulbani town and Daringbadi last night, while such meetings were being held today at G. Udaygiri, Baliguda, Phiringia, Tumudibandh and Tikabali, the sources said.