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Orissa: Maoists claim responsibility, warn of more attacks

Posted by jytmkh on September 1, 2008

Claiming responsibility for the killing of VHP leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati in Orissa, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) warned the saffron oufit of “more such punishments if it continued violence against religious minorities in the country”.

The CPI (Maoist) has decided to punish “anti-people, fanatical leaders like Saraswati” in the wake of “endless persecution” of religious minorities in the country, a party release said in New Delhi.

The statement alleged that Saraswati was a “rabid anti-Christian ideologue and persecutor of innocent Christians and was responsible for the burning down of over 400 churches in Khandamal district alone”.

It warned the saffron outfit of “more such punishments if it continued violence against religious minorities in the country”.

“The Sangh Parivar leaders like Pravin Togadia have been trying to divert people’s attention by uttering lies that it is not Maoists but Christian organisations that had carried out the attack on the VHP leader,” the CPI (Maoist) said.

Appealing to secular and democratic forces to condemn the Sangh Parivar, it said “it is not SIMI that is to be outlawed but Hindu fanatical groups like VHP, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, BJP, Hindu Munnani and so on.”

Slamming the Congress leadership, the release said it was strange that it did not see any threat from “overtly communal, criminal acts of the VHP and the Sangh Parivar”.

Additional security

A day after violence spilled to areas adjacent to Orissa’s riot-hit Kandhamal, additional security personnel were deployed on Sunday in Koraput district as the state sought more central forces.

Two companies of CRPF and three companies of Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) were deployed at Jeypore where 11 people, including officials, were injured in a mob attack and clash between two communities over some objectionable graffiti in a college on Saturday, police said.

Prohibitory orders were in force at nearby Baipariguda where two churches were damaged by miscreants, Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Panda said, adding six persons have been arrested in connection with the violence.

In the wake of the violence in Koraput, the state government has sought 10 more companies of central paramilitary forces to contain arson and prevent trouble from affecting more areas, a senior official said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who had faced protest from riot victims in a relief camp at Tikabali on Saturday evening, visited Jalespeta Ashram on Sunday in Tumudibandh area where VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati had been gunned down on the night of August 23, triggering the violence.

Patnaik asserted that those perpetrating violence would be punished and promised quick relief and rehabilitation for the victims in the communally sensitive district.

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Christians demand CBI probe



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