Kandhamal communal riots

12 get RI in Kandhamal riots case


A Fast Track court on Tuesday sentenced 12 people to six years’ imprisonment after they were convicted of being involved in the violence during 2008 riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.Additional Session Judge B.N. Mishra of Fast Track Court-II also imposed Rs. 5,000 each as fine on the convicts in connection with arson, rioting and house torching at Jarkinaju village under Raikia area on August 25, 2008.


Certificates denied for Christians in Kandhamal

Prakash Pradhan (a Kandho tribal) is native of village Pikoredi in Tikabali block of Kandhamal. He submitted his application, in July 2012, to the revenue officials of Tikabali Tahasil, for caste certificate, in order to attach to the application for scholarship of his children. During past four months, he visited the offices of Tahasildar and the revenue inspector at least ten times. Finally the tahasildar told him that he could not be given tribal certificate, because he is a christian and that the kui samaj has complained against issuing tribal certificate for him.


Kandhamal victims meet UN representative

Kandhamal victims meet UN representative
The members briefed the UN official about how their relatives were killed by Hindu fundamentalists.
By Ajay Kumar Singh
New Delhi:

A seven-member delegation from Orissa yesterday met a special rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) and apprised him of the injustices meted out to them during the 2008 anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal district.The members briefed Christof Heyns, special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, about how their relatives were killed by Hindu fundamentalists and the police administration did not do anything to prevent such attacks.


Kandhmal Mothers start peace movement in Minia-

Towards Peace at Minia
House of Pastor Pabitra Mohan Kota was attacked on 25th Jan. At complaint, police acted promptly and the attacker was taken into custody. He got bail after a week. Meantime, the women of the hamlet gathered and told the family of Kota, that in future, if anyone attacks, he need not inform the police, but inform the women group and they would settle matters peacefully. The same attacker abused Pastor Kota, last night, with filthy language. This time Pastor Kota preferred to women's group. They scolded the attacker.(BR. Markose)