Two persons were killed in Tumudibandh area of Kandhamal district in Orissa on Saturday as police opened fire to disperse a mob that was trying to torch churches and houses belonging to the minority community.
The police opened fire after a CRPF jawan was first shot at by the attackers. The injured jawan, Sheetal Kumar, has been rushed to the Tumudibandh hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical. This is for the for the first time that the police have opened fire to protect the churches and houses belonging to the minority community after communal clashes gripped Kandhamal since August 24.
Following fresh attacks on churches in Tumudibandh area on Friday night, the CRPF personnel were deployed in the area.
Senior police officials in Phulbani told Hindustan Times, “Two persons have been killed after the police tried to disperse the mob. The collector and SP have already arrived at the spot. Six people have been arrested and fire arms have been seized from them. The police had prior information regarding the plans of the attackers and the cops foiled the designs of the attackers”. Police and intelligence officials are baffled over the acquisition of firearms by the local people.