On Tuesday, Supreme Court directed Odisha government to give additional compensation to 2008 Kandhamal communal riot victims. The apex court said that the compensation given to them hitherto wasn’t adequate. A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered additional compensation.
In 2008, Kandhamal, a region in the western part of Odisha witnessed horrific violence on the impoverished Christians residing in the district. The violence was unleashed by Hindutva groups, that killed more than 50 Christians, damaging more than 1400 houses and over 80 churches. The riots are said to have started when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati was killed on August 23, 2008.