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A team of HRP members visited the affected areas of the communal violence in Odisha from 9th to 12th Sept'08 with special permission from the Collector, as no reporters or political leaders are allowed in the camp area. The situation there very worse and horrifying for Christians to stay there any more. A brief report and few photographs/video clippings are attached herewith for your information.

On 22nd  Aug.'08 following the death/murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, mob violence started against minority Christians in  presence of Police in different parts of Odisha. During the procession of the body on 23rd and 24th Aug'08 Christian Institutions   were attacked, buses/cars/Motor cycles/Scooters were burned, looted houses & then set them on fire, Christians were butchered, Females were raped, Churches were destroyed.  During the violence injured Hindus were given  medical aid/

hospitalization by the mob, whereas affected Christians run for shelter in the dense forest. During the violence more than 40 Christians died whereas official death toll is only 20.  Most of the deaths were reported from KANDHMAL, BARGARH, RUPAGAON, RAIKA, SULESARU, BUDAMAHA.

Mob violence and brutal attacks of Christian people were reported from BHUBANESWAR, CUTTACK, UDAYAGIRI, NAYAGARH BALIGUDA, BARGARH, KANJIMENDI, PHULBANI, SRASANADA, RAIKIA, TIKABALI.

Catholic Nuns were publically attacked and raped in CUTTACK, BARGARH & SAMBALPUR

In short, the mob violence is well planned, organized and directed/controlled by a group of outsiders.  Even they had directed the locals to put their flag on the top of every Hindu house to avoid any attack by error. In spite of Cr.Pc.144 in the attested area Hindu radicals are conducting their group meetings of thousands of people in the hill area.

We had taken up the matter with the Governor of Odisha Mr.M.C. Bhandare personally and submitted our proposal for immediate corrective measures, for which he had agreed to look into the matter.

Presently 14 relief camps were opened in different parts of Odisha by the state Govt. and approx.24,000 inmates are there, fearing for their life and struggling for one time meal.

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