3 more killed, curfew clamped in Kandhamal district of Orissa

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 05:26am hrs
Unabated violence triggered by killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati claimed three more lives in Orissa taking the toll to 5 as curfew was clamped in all major towns of Kandhamal district declared a no entry zone by the authorities.

Three persons were killed in fresh violence in Raikia area around midnight last night, official sources said.

One person in a missionary-run orphanage was burnt to death in Chakapada area and a young woman caretaker of a missionary-run orphanage, was set ablaze by a mob in Padampur area of Bargarh district during a state-wide bandh enforced by Sangh Parivar outfits.

Almost entire Kandhamal district was placed under indefinite curfew following the continued violence. All major towns were under curfew with Rapid Action Force (RAF), CRPF and state police deployed, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Southern Division) Satyabrata Sahu told PTI over phone.

The district has also been made a no-entry zone. No one is being allowed to enter from outside as part of steps to restore normalcy and peace, he said.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 are also in force in the entire district to deal with the situation arising out of the killing of Saraswati and four others at an ashram school for girls at Jalespeta in Tumudibandh area of Kandhamal on Saturday, a senior official said.

The killing of Saraswati rocked the state assembly which was adjourned five times over the incident and law and order.