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Orissa tightens security for Christmas

Special Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa government has taken a series of precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident during Christmas celebrations in riot-hit Kandhamal district and other sensitive areas.

The government will ensure a peaceful Christmas, State Home Secretary A.P. Padhi told presspersons here on Tuesday. The government has also assured Christians that it would provide adequate security during the midnight mass in Kandhamal.

A senior police official said security was tightened in Kandhamal and at all Christian institutions in the State.

In Kandhamal, paramilitary forces were deployed in all pockets that saw anti-Christian violence following the killing of VHP leader Lakshmanananda Saraswati on August 23.

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