Orissa Government Allows Hindu Rally Despite Centre's Objection

November 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economic Times

Wire Service: IANS


At least 1,500 policemen were deployed in the Orissa capital ahead of a massive rally planned by Hindu groups Saturday, police said.

Swami Laxmananda Saraswati Sradhanjali Samiti is organising the rally to protest the state government's alleged inaction in nabbing those guilty of murdering the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader in Kandhamal district.

The state government allowed the organisation to hold the rally, though the central government objected to it for fear that it may raise communal tension.

"We have deployed about 47 platoons of police forces to maintain law and order," Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Himansu Lal said.

Kandhamal district, about 200 km from here, witnessed communal violence after the killing of Laxmananda Saraswati and his aides at the Jalespata Ashram on Aug 23.