Indian Minister in Orissa Visit

January 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil has visited part of the eastern state of Orissa which has seen recent fighting between hardline Hindus and Christians.

He is the first central minister to visit the state after violence last week killed at least four people.

Mr Patil visited the trouble-torn Kandhamal district, which was at the centre of the violence.

Tension between the two groups erupted over the issue of Hindus converting to Christianity.