EFI News Orissa Update July 02, 2009

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First conviction in Khandhamal riot case: 2 years imprisonment with fine rupees 1000/-

The fast-track court in Kandhamal District sentenced a 58-year, a tribal leader named Chakradhar Mallick, resident of Dampidhia village, Daringbadi block, Kandhamal who had set the house of Loknath Digal a man belong the same village on fire and threatened to kill him.

He was also accused of instigating other people in the village to set afire the houses that belonged to the people of the minority community. Chitta Ranjan Das the Judge of fast-track court-II found Mallick, also involved in other riot-related cases.

The court imposed a 2 year imprisonment on him, and in addition to that he was fined Rupess 1000/-.

10,000 people have been named in the 827 cases registered in regard with the Khandhamal riots. Chargesheet has already been filed in 437 cases and investigations are in progress in other cases, including the case dealing with the rape of a nun.

Central Reserve Police Force have been withdrawn from Kandhamal

In a major development, the last batch of Central forces deployed in the trouble-torn Kandhamal district was withdrawn on 01.07.2009, According to Kandhamal district collector Krishan Kumar.

The last batch of four companies of CRPF (400 personnel) deployed in Raikia and G Udayagiri finally moved out of the district on Wednesday.

Rakia and G Udayagir were the worst-hit in the last year's sectarian violence in the district. "With the Wednesday's CRPF withdrawal, the pull out exercise of all the Central forces deployed in the district was completed," Mr Kumar said.

At least 52 companies of CRPF were deployed in the district after riots broke out following the killing Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, a noted Hindu seer, on August 23 last year. As many as 48 companies of para-military forces had already been withdrawn in phases in the last few months as the district slowly limped back to normalcy, the collector informed, adding, the Central forces had been replaced by Orissa State Armed Police force in sensitive areas of the district.

Around 300 people, meanwhile, on Wednesday left the relief camps opened at three places in the district to give shelter to the riot-affected families, for their villages. There are about 1200 people still living in the relief camps.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

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