No bandh call in Kandhamal during Christmas: KSSS

December 24, 2012 by  
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It will only be holding a memorial meet at Barkhama near Baliguda, says SP

No bandh call in Kandhamal during ChristmasOdisha, December 23, 2012: Kandhamal district police as well as tribal organisation Kui Samaj Samanwaya Samity (KSSS) confirmed that there was no bandh call during Christmas in Kandhamal district.

It may be noted that during past few days rumours were rife that the KSSS had given the bandh call on Dec 25 and 26. When contacted Kandhamal Superintendent of Police (SP), Jayanarayan Pankaj said there was no attempt of holding any bandh during the Christmas festivities.

According to the SP, the KSSS would only be holding a memorial meeting at Barkhama near Baliguda on the day of Christmas to observe fifth death anniversary of a tribal killed during riots at that place on December 25, 2007. The KSSS leaders also confirmed that although they continue to show up protest against non-fulfilment of their demands by the government yet they were not holding any bandh during Christmas. They would only concentrate on the memorial meeting at Barkhama on the Christmas day.

According to Mr Pankaj, security had been tightened throughout Kandhamal district for Christmas. Armed forces had made flag marches in several volatile areas of this communally sensitive district. Patrolling had been intensified and all vehicles entering the district as well as communally sensitive areas were being checked. Peace committee meetings were also held in all parts of the district to strengthen the communal amity.

It may be noted that the KSSS had given a bandh call on December 25, 2007 which had added to the flared up communal tension in the district during that period. In 2011, the KSSS had given a four-day bandh call from December 24 to 27. After intervention of the administration and the police the KSSS had refrained from holding bandh.

Tribal body calls a 4-day Kandhamal bandh during Christmas

No bandh call in Kandhamal during ChristmasOdisha, Dec 22, 2012: With the Kui Samaj Samanwya Samiti (KSSS), an apex body of local Kui tribe giving a four day Kandhamal bandh call from tomorrow, opposition Congress today expressed concern over the development in the communally sensitive district. “The state government must hold talks with the agitating tribal leaders and persuade the community not to observe a bandh during Christmas,” Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh said raising the issue during zero hour in the assembly. Stating that a communal clash had taken place in Kandhamal during the Christmas festival in 2007, the Congress leader said “a slight mistake in handling the Kandhamal situation could prove costly.” Singh warned the state government to ensure that the peace is maintained in Kandhamal where a communal clash casued death of at least 38 people besides burning of thousands of houses belonging to the minority community and some churches in 2008. KSSS had given a four-day bandh call starting from tomorrow protesting the state government’s “failure” in solving their problems including cancellation of fake caste certificates, free of tribal land in posession of other castes and appointment of tribals in government jobs. The district administration, however, has assured the minority communities to celebrate Christmas without any fear. While the KSSS leader Lambodar Kanhar claimed that the entire Kui community has been supporting the proposed bandh, a number of leaders belonging to the same tribe said they were against such an agitation during the festive season.

– agencies

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