Important to note
“As per the letter the organization would initiate action against some of their cadres in Kandhamal district who could be hired for money by communal Christian miscreants for the murder of the VHP leader”
Maoists deny role in VHP leader’s murder
|‘Some wayward cadre lured by some committed the crime’|
Copy of the letter sent to VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders
Maoists also deny role in the murder of VHP activists at Jalaspata
BERHAMPUR: Mystery behind the gruesome murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and his four associates has deepened. The Bajrang Dal and VHP activists as well sections of the media have received a suspected Maoists’ letter where they claim that their central committee had no role in the murder.
The letter claimed that some wayward cadre of the Maoist outfit were lured by nefarious elements to commit the crime. Meanwhile naxal sympathizers of Orissa have also claimed that Maoists had no hand in the murder of the VHP activists at Jalaspata in Kandhamal district.
A copy of the letter was sent to the State joint secretary of the VHP and the State joint coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, Ramakant Rath. The letter was claimed to be written by the Kotgarh unit of the CPI-Maoist party.
As per the letter the organization would initiate action against some of their cadres in Kandhamal district who could be hired for money by communal Christian miscreants for the murder of the VHP leader and his associates. The reason for the murder was their opposition to religious conversion by missionaries and recent clash over cow slaughter in Tumudibadh area. “The State central committee of the Maoists had no knowledge of this”, the letter claimed. The naxals felt police were putting the blame of murder of VHP leader on them trying to detach them from the common mass.
Many Maoist sympathizers of south Orissa have also denied the role of CPI-Maoist in the murder of VHP leaders that sparked off communal violence in Kandhamnal district.
Through a press note Dandapani Mohanty, general secretary of the Orissa Forest Mazdoor Union said Maoists had no role in the communal murders in Kandhamal district. It may be noted that Mr Mohanty earlier headed the Daman Pratirodh Manch, which was banned by the State Government for its pro-naxal activities. The case filed by against the ban order is sub judice in the Orissa High Court.
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Widespread anger in Kandhamal
Note that Swamiji was very actively involved in ghar vapasi programs and was on
the hitlist of media as well as the Xtian-commie comibine.
[Quote] The police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World
Vision, a Christian Charity, from Khadagpur while escaping from the district at
Buguda. In another drive, two other persons Vikram Digal and William Digal have
been arrested from the house of Lal Digal, a local militant Christian, from
Nuasahi at Gunjibadi, Nuagaan. They have admitted to having joined a group of 28
other assailants. [Unquote]
Pioneer News service | Bhubaneswarj (Aug. 25, 2008)
Orissa bandh today; schools, colleges to remain closed
Naveen announces judicial probe, ex-gratia
Widespread anger was expressed throughout the State over the brutal killing of
Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his associates.
The VHP and Bajrang Dal activists burned tyres and blocked traffic in different
parts of the State to ventilate their anger on the failure of the police to give
protection to Swamji. He had lodged an FIR on the local police station that his
life was under threat and had sought police protection. Within 26 hours of
lodging the complaint, he and his disciples were killed at Jalespata Ashram
under Tumudibandh block
in Kandhamal district on Saturday night.
Fearing a backlash, the Kandhamal district administration clamped curfew in
Phulbani town and prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC throughout the
district. All borders of the district were sealed.
However, defying the orders, disciples of the Swami took out the Swami’s funeral
procession to another ashram at Chakapada, which is nearly 100 km away from
Jalespata Ashram. More than 10,000 mourners reportedly accompanied the funeral
procession. The funeral procession
went through Jalespata, Tumudibandh, Paramapanka, Baataguda and reached Baliguda
at 3 pm. It was supposed to go through Nuaagaan, Sarangagada, Phiringia,
Bisipada Chhak and Tikabali to reach his Karmabhumi Chakapada late in night.
The people bid farewell to the departed souls with tears. People in Baliguda
could not control their emotions and they even attacked the police and burnt a
number of vehicles. Police had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the
crowd. Reports reaching Bhubaneswar said the people were dead against the police
VHP activists allegedly burnt down a Marshal jeep OR 07 G 5882 carrying Sisters
at G Udayagiri. The Sisters were allowed to leave the vehicle, said sources.
Similarly, hundreds of supporters of Swamiji were moving to Tumudibandh with
agitated mood, where his body was kept
for last darshan.
In order to save its face, the district administration suspended the
officer-in-charge of the Tumudibandh Police Station. However, it did not calm
the anger of local people. They demanded that action should be taken against the
District Collector and the SP. “Swamji had himself lodged the FIR. But the
district administration could not react promptly to protect the precious lives,”
said Sudarshan Bhoi, a local of Tumudibandh area.
Reacting over the issue, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal have called for a
dawn-to-dusk Orissa bandh. The BJP State unit has announced to support the
bandh. In a bid to avoid further violence, the Government has ordered closure of
all schools and colleges on Monday.
In order to take stock of the situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday
morning convened a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat. “All efforts
would be made to arrest the culprit,” he said, adding that additional police
force has been mobilised and combing operation is on to nab the culprit. Police
sources said 20 platoons of police force and four companies of CRPF have been
mobilised to the spot.
Patnaik also ordered a judicial probe into the incident and announced that Rs 2
lakh ex-gratia would be given to the next of kin of the deceased.
The situation in the tribal dominated Kandhamal district “is tense but under
control” after the killing of the VHP activists last night by unidentified
attackers, Kandhamal District Collector Krishan Kumar claimed.
Meanwhile, a small thatched structure used as a prayer house was set afire by
unidentified persons late on Saturday night at Tentulijhari in Sundargarh
district, Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Pranabindu Acharya said.
The police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World Vision, a
Christian Charity, from Khadagpur while escaping from the district at Buguda. In
another drive, two other persons Vikram Digal and William Digal have been
arrested from the house of Lal Digal, a local militant Christian, from Nuasahi
at Gunjibadi, Nuagaan. They have admitted to having joined a group of 28 other
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