Kandhamal violence-Secret Meeting of Christians held on December 24

published on January 2, 2008

Kandhamal violence pre-planned plot against Naveen Govt: VHP
Pioneer News Service | Berhampur

The violence at Brahmanigaon in Kandhamal district, which led to strife in the entire district, was a pre-planned international conspiracy to malign the Naveen Patnaik Government, alleged VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders here.

A team comprising VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders, including Susant Moharana, Laxminarayan Dash, Umashankar Acharya and Ramakant Rath, briefed the mediapersons about the developments in Kandhamal after visiting the violence-hit areas and a camp where people from the Hindu community have been taking shelter following the violence.

State convener of the Bajrang Dal Acharya alleged that it was an international conspiracy to defame the State Government, in which the BJP is a partner. The visiting team came to know of a secret meeting by the minority community being held at a village near Mohana on December 24, in which the plot was hatched to create disturbances in Kandhamal. When Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati was attacked, a vehicle belonging to local MP Sugrib Singh was seen in the area. It corroborated the fact that the attack on the Swami was pre-planned, he further alleged.

The VHP and Dal leaders also alleged that some NGOs were involved in creating the violence as they were engaged in religious conversation activities. As the Swami was spearheading a movement to protect the interests of the Hindus, persons belonging to the minority community, with active support from the NGOs, attacked him. Such NGOs, including Peoples’ Rural Educational Movement (PREM), World Vision and some others funded by foreign counties, must be blacklisted and banned, they demanded.

They questioned the credentials of the Congress and its State president Jaydeb Jena, who was blaming the State Government for the violence. They asked why the UPA Government at the Centre was not taking any action in the Nandigram violence, in which hundreds of people were killed. They wanted to know why the Human Rights Commission and the Minorities Commission, which are seeking reports on the Kandhamal incidents, did not seek such a report on Nandigram.

The VHP and Dal leaders also displayed the video recording of some statements by those camping at Merikote village in Ganjam district following the violence in neighbouring Kandhamal. In the video one Sasmita Swain was seen accusing people of the minority community of attacking Hindus who had deserted their villages fearing for their lives.

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