Measures such as enhancement of security cover and peace meetings with leaders of different communities have been initiated in Kandhamal district for maintenance of law and order after pronouncement of punishment for convicts in the Swami Lakshmanananda murder case of 2008. Punishment for the convicts is to be pronounced on Thursday.

Phulbani Additional District & Sessions Court has convicted eight persons in the murder case of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and his four associates. Seven of them had been convicted by the court on September 30 and a Maoist from Andhra Pradesh had been convicted on October 1. One accused had been acquitted due to lack of evidence.

As a precautionary measure, police security had been tightened in the communally volatile areas in Kandhamal district. Thirteen platoons of Armed police personnel had been deployed in different parts of the district. Speaking to The Hindu , Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (southern range) Amitabh Tahkur said the enhanced security cover would continue with increased patrolling in key areas. But there was extra thrust on maintenance of peace through active public participation.

Officials of the administration and police held discussions with leaders of all communities, said the DIG.