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US-based Indian groups condemn Orissa's violence

world Updated: Aug 29, 2008 10:40 IST

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US-based Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC) has strongly condemned the on-going communal violence in Orissa and called upon both State and Central governments to do all in their power to restore the order immediately.

"Violence, for whatever reasons, is not acceptable and it is reprehensible for people to take law unto their own hands and engage in dastardly acts," said Surinder Malhotra, President of INOC.

"We also condemn the killing of Swami Saraswati and four associates during the attack on the VHP Ashram in Kandahamal District of Orissa," he added.

"We are witnessing a total failure of the Government machinery headed by BJD-BJP combined to protect the innocent citizens of the state where extremists are wreaking havoc killing people, destroying institutions and challenging the very pluralistic fabric of the nation," said George Abraham, General Secretary of INOC.

"Unless the Government quickly quells the violence, brings the culprits to justice and rehabilitates the victims fast, our global image of an emerging power will suffer," he added.

In a separate statement, NRIs for a Secular and Harmonious India President Saeed Patel has also condemned the violence against innocent civilians.

Several Indian Muslim leaders signed the statement which expressed support for the demand of Catholic Bishop Conference in India asking government to deploy armed forces in the state and bring it under the President's rule.

"We urge the government of India to uphold its primary duty that is to guarantee the security of life, liberty and property of all its citizens and to uphold the rule of law," they said.