Updated: August 2, 2016 12:17:35 pm
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered payment of additional compensation to the victims of anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal, Odisha in 2008.
The bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ruled that the compensation paid to the victims was not adequate and ordered additional amount to be paid.
A petition was filed by Archbishop Rachel Cheenath on which the verdict has been pronounced.
Violence had erupted in August 2008 in 10 districts of Odisha including Kandhamal when a local leader and VHP member Swami Lakhmananda Saraswati was assasinated by unknown assailants on August 23. His death led to an outrage against the Christian community leading to widespread incidences of murder, forceful conversions and destruction of churches.
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