NEW DELHI: Pressure on Saturday appeared to be mounting on the Centre for effective intervention in Orissa in the wake of continuing violence against Christians by Sangh Parivar outfits and the demand for imposition of President’s rule.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who was asked by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Friday’s Cabinet meeting to come out with an apprisal of the situation, is understood to have sought a report from the Governor.

Mr. Patil spoke to Governor M.C. Bhandare to discuss the situation in the State, Home Ministry sources said.

The Centre was unhappy with the Naveen Patnaik government for the violence in the state against the Christian community and said despite half a dozen warnings, the Orissa government was not able to control the situation. The situation in Orissa acquired greater attention from the Centre after the embarrassment suffered by Dr. Singh when he met the leaders of the E.U. in France during the week when they raised the issue of attacks on Christians. — PTI