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Relief package announced for Orissa victims

Posted by jytmkh on September 2, 2008

NEW DELHI (ICNS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced a package to help the victims of violence in Orissa, where Hindu radical hostility against Christians has claimed some 25 lives so far.
The Centre would provide assistance to the family members of persons who have lost their lives and those victims who have been permanently incapacitated in the incidents under the Central scheme for assistance to victims of communal violence, he told a Congress delegation from Kerala.

Singh took a “very serious notice” of the communal violence, which continues for the past one week. Even on Monday reports spoke of fresh violence, with arsonists moving to newer areas.

From the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund Singh, assistance would be given to people who have suffered in the riots, including those rendered destitute and homeless and support for repair of houses damaged including orphanages, he said.

Singh also said Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has given an assurance of “firm action” in the matter. He told the delegation that he had personally spoken to Patnaik to take steps to end violence and bring peace and normalcy in the state.

The violence began after the killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a Hindu religious leader, and his four associates on Aug. 23 in Kandhamal district. Maoists reportedly claimed responsibility for the killings.

But Hindu radicals allege gunmen hired by Christians murdered their spiritual leader, a charge all Christian groups have denied. The 85-year Hindu leader, based in Kandhamal district, had for several decades opposed conversions to Christianity. (


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