Vigilance on Kandhamal situation till Sunday, Sep 7 has been asked to officials by the Chief Minister as the VHP was planning to hold a massive convention of sadhus from across the country to commemorate 16th day of Saraswati's death, sources said.
"Though as many as 23 companies of para-military forces were deployed in Kandhamal, Chief Minister asked for additional deployment for the VHP's programme," a senior Home department official said.
Meanwhile, the VHP too toned down its proposed yatra in view of nationwide hue and cry over its plan.
"As such we had no plan to hold yatra. Followers of Swamiji will hold special prayer meetings across the state to pay homage to the departed Sadhu," VHP state unit general secretary Gouri Prasad Rath said.