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CRPF jawan found dead in Kandhamal

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The three persons (faces covered) arrested in connection with the rape of a nunin Kandhamal district, arrive at Bhubaneswar airport on Tuesday.
The three persons (faces covered) arrested in connection with the rape of a nunin Kandhamal district, arrive at Bhubaneswar airport on Tuesday.

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Body found around midnight; no arrests made yet

BHUBANESWAR: In another blow to the law and order situation in Kandhamal district of Orissa, a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force was killed on Monday night.

The jawan, identified as Baxis Singh, was killed outside a CRPF camp near Sasapanga village under the Raikia police station. The body was found by a police team around midnight, police sources said.

The jawan, who hailed from Punjab, had settled in Assam.

The body was brought to Bhubaneswar and later taken to Assam. No one has been arrested in this connection till Tuesday evening. Sasapanga village wore a deserted look, with many residents hiding in the forest to escape police action.

Kui Samaj Samanwaya Samiti, an umbrella organisation of the Kondh tribals, demanded that the CRPF personnel deployed in Kandhamal be withdrawn from the district immediately.

A meeting of the Samiti leaders at Phulbani during the day demanded that the CRPF men should refrain from arresting people during the night, the Samiti’s secretary general Lambodar Kanhar told The Hindu over phone.

“If anyone was suspected to be involved in the recent communal riots, the administration should provide us a list of those men. We will produce them before the police within 10 days,” Mr. Kanhar said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told presspersons in Bhubaneswar that appropriate action would be taken if CRPF jawans were found harassing tribal men and women. The government was taking all possible measures to maintain peace in Kandhamal, he said.

Rape accused arrive

The three arrested in Palakkad district of Kerala on Saturday in connection with the rape of a nun were brought to Bhubaneswar by a special team of the Crime Branch of State police.

Union Fertilizer Minister and Lok Jan Shakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan demanded CBI investigation into the killing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Lakshmanananda Saraswati and the communal violence in its aftermath.

Mr. Paswan, who was here to address a party meeting, also demanded compensation of Rs. 10 lakh for those killed in the communal violence in Kandhamal and Rs. 5 lakh for those injured.


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