Centre sends additional force to Orissa following communal clashes

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (UNI) The Centre has despatched additional para military forces to Orissa following the state government's request in view of the communal clashes between tribals and Christians.

The Centre was keeping a close watch on situation witnessed between tribals and Christians in Kandhmal district.

Special Secretary M Kumawat spoke to the Director General of Police (DGP) of Orissa Gopal Chandra Nanda to get details of the incidents and the situation in the state.

Meanwhile, curfew was lifted in Phulbani town this morning while it remained in force in other areas of Kandhmal district, which had witnessed communal clashes between tribals and Christians.

Curfew was imposed first in Baliguda and Phulbani on December 23 night and later in Daringibadi, Phiringia and Tikabali, following widespread violence after a clash between the two communities.

The district was rocked by a communal flare on December 24 after a group of Christians tried to forcibly occupy the Durgamandap and erect a gate to celebrate Christmas.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the DGP today visited Kandhamal to review the volatile situation prevailing in the distirct over the past three days.

UNI

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