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Compensation package sought for violence victims

Posted by jytmkh on September 18, 2008

BHUBANESWAR (ICNS): A forum working for religious minorities says victims of communal violence in Orissa need to be compensated with package similar to that announced for victims of anti-Sikh riots.
 
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday the National Minority Front officials said Orissa government should chalk out a plan and package that would compensate for loss livelihood besides compensating for loss of land, houses and lives.

The Front is a non-government organization. Its officials including state unit official S. N. Patro wanted chief minister permit NGOs and church people to reach relief to the villages and assist the violence hit people in the process of re-building.

A “fear psychosis” remains in the affected village, according to Bishop D. K. Sahu, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in India.

The prelate said chief minister refused to conduct a CBI probe into the violence. He also said banning violent Hindu outfits serves no purposes because they will emerge again taking different names. But he said state should check people who are spreading hatred.

The Church leaders and intellectuals from all religions earlier in the day held “call for harmony” program, reiterating the secular nature of Indian nation.

Speakers at the meeting stressed the secular character of Indian constitution and the need of society respecting people of different religious traditions.

Christian leaders at the meeting, coming from across India, demanded action against police and administrative officials who failed to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

They also urged the government to set up a minority commission in the State to restore self-confidence and sense of security among people belonging to minority communities.(Indian Catholic)

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