Bhubaneshwar, Nov 24: In what could be another bad news for the Sangh parivar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has named Sangh parivar activists as the brain behind the communal riot in Kandhamal.
Responding to a query in the assembly on Nov 23, Patnaik said that the investigation committee has received affidavits of 383 persons and examined at least 34 government officials on the violence which triggered off after the murder of VHP leader Laxamananda Saraswati.
"It is learnt from investigation into the riot cases that the members of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal were involved in the violence that took place last year," Patnaik said.
Patnaik said that among the accused, 85 RSS and 321 VHP members were held on charges of riot and 118 Bajrang Dal activists were arrested on charges of violence.
The violence which broke out in the month of Dec, 2008 claimed 38 lives besides causing damage to 4640 houses.