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Two more killed in Orissa violence

Two people were hacked to death in the sensitive Kandhamal district, raising the death toll to 35 since violence erupted after the killing of VHP leader on Aug 23.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2008 21:36 IST

Two people were hacked to death by unidentified people in the sensitive Tumudibandha area of Orissa's riot-hit Kandhamal district, official sources said on Friday.

District Collector of Kandhamal Krishan Kumar said that the killings took place at Sindhupanka village in the Tumudibandha police station area late last night."

They attacked the house of Dushashan Majhi and hacked him to death with an axe, police sources said and added that a 15-year-old boy from a neighbouring village, who was present in Majhi's house, was also killed with some sharp weapon.

Nobody was arrested and efforts were continuing to find culprits, sources said.

With this, the death toll in the sensitive district mounted to 35 since violence erupted after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23, they said.

The police have arrested 34 people since Thursday from various places, raising the number of arrests so far to 371, they said.

Curfew, which had been clamped in areas under nine police stations, was relaxed during the day to help people go about their daily chores, they said.

As many as 119 out of the 505 licensed guns in the district have been surrendered to the authorities by the weapon holders following an official order, the sources said. Confiscation proceedings would be initiated against those who failed to deposit guns.

First Published: Oct 03, 2008 19:24 IST