Staff Reporter

700 cases have been filed in different police stations in the district

SP releases sketches of two suspects allegedly involved in the murder of Dhanurjaya Pradhani

Private vehicles used for law and order maintenance during the recent riots

BERHAMPUR: Kandhamal district police is now over burdened with the large number of cases filed in relation to the recent communal violence.

According to police sources more than 700 cases related to communal violence have been filed in different police stations of the district.

It has become extra burden for the local police to investigate these volatile cases along with continuing with the job of maintenance of law and order as the tension still remains in a subtle way.

To speed up the investigation of cases related to communal violence the police administration has decided to take the help of 40 extra police officials of the ranks of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), inspectors and sub-inspectors.

They would be deputed to Kandhamal from outside the district to reduce allegations of partisan actions during investigation.

Law and order

Meanwhile on Monday Kandhamal Superintendent of Police (SP), Praveen Kumar released sketches of two suspects allegedly involved in the murder of Sangh Parivar activist, Dhanurjaya Pradhani on Wednesday at Kumbharigaon under Brahmanigaon police station.

The sketches were drawn as per the eye witness account.

Apart from it the Kandhamal administration and police also had to bear heavy cost of using private vehicles for law and order maintenance during the communal violence.

According to sources dues related to hiring of private vehicles worth more than Rs. 6 lakh is yet to be paid to vehicle owners by the administration.

The recent communal violence has been more costly.

As per an assessment more than 500 private vehicles were used for law and order maintenance during the recent riots that started in the district from August 23 following the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati.

Out of them 250 vehicles were from Kandhamal and Boudh districts, 177 were from Ganjam, 65 from Bhubaneswar, 19 from Jharsuguda, 18 from Cuttack, 20 from Rayagada, six from Sambalpur. Most of the private vehicles were buses, trucks and jeeps used for transportation of police force. According to sources half of these vehicles have been returned back to their owners.

But the bill of these vehicles including their rental and fuel use is expected to be more than Rs. 1.5 crore.

Half the amount has been already paid to vehicle owners.