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VHP leader Togadia to visit Kandhamal despite ban

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international general secretary Praveen Togadia is continuing with his tour to Orissa`s volatile Kandhamal district despite the administration banning his entry, a VHP leader said Friday.



Bhubaneswar: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international general secretary Praveen Togadia is continuing with his tour to Orissa`s volatile Kandhamal district despite the administration banning his entry, a VHP leader said Friday.

"There is no change in our plan," VHP state unit secretary Gouri Prasad Rath told a news agency.

"Togodia and several others will not only reach Kandhamal today (Friday) they will also spend the night in the district," he said.

The district administration fears that Togadia`s visit may disturb peace in the region, where at least 38 people were killed over months of communal violence following the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a Hindu monk, on August 23, 2008.

Police said a notification was issued by the district administration banning the entry of Togadia and three others to Kandhamal.

"We are keeping a watch on the situation. We are on alert," Superintendent of Police S. Praveen Kumar told IANS.

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