Tribal rally: BJP fears violence in Kandhamal
Bhubaneswar/Phulbani: With the Kui Samaj Samanwya Samiti (KSSS), an apex body of local Kui tribe,
deciding to hold a rally on Christmas Day and observe bandh a day after, the BJP on Friday cautioned the Orissa government about a possible outbreak of violence in the communally sensitive Kandhamal district.
The issue was raised by BJP member Karendra Majhi in
the assembly during the zero hour. "One cannot rule out the
possibility of a fresh violence in Kandhamal as the state
government had not fulfilled promises made to the tribal
people after the 2008 riots," said Majhi, a MLA from Baliguda
assembly segment in Kandhamal district.
Alleging that the government had failed to verify fake
caste certificates in the district, Majhi said that the
agitating tribal people believed that people from other castes
took advantage by securing fake tribal certificates. "They
(tribals) feel that they are cheated by the people of other
castes," Majhi said.
Stating that fake caste certificates and forcible tribal
land encroachment by others were among the major reasons
behind the previous riots in 2008 when 38 people were killed,
Majhi said that the people "feel that their grievances"
were not addressed despite the government`s assurance.
About 900 fake certificate cases were yet to be verified
in Kandhamal district, Majhi pointed out adding that the
government must immediately intervene in the matter before
tribals held rally or observe bandh.
The district had a previous record of communal clash
on December 25, 2007, Majhi pointed out.
Meanwhile, after a series of discussion with the district
administration, the KSSS changed its plan and confined its
proposed four day bandh to only one day on December 26.
However, the tribal body announced to hold a rally at
the district headquarter town of Phulbani on Christmas Day.
The district administration, however, has assured the
minority communities to celebrate Christmas without any fear.
The director general of police (DGP) Manmohan Praharaj
accompanied by other senior police officers rushed to
Kandhamal and held a closed door meeting with the district
Collector and Superintendent of Police.
"We are taking all possible steps to ensure a peaceful
Christmas celebration in Kandhamal and in other parts of the
state," the DGP said.
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