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I am sorry: Chidambaram tells Kandhamal riot victims

P Chidambaram met the victims living in relief camps set up after a series of communal clashes lashed the region.

“I am sorry…,” Home Minister P Chidambaram today told Kandhamal riot victims during a visit to one of the relief camps in Phulbani.

The Home Minister,who is on a two-day visit to Orissa,met the victims living in relief camps set up after a series of communal clashes following the killing of 85-year-old VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati in August last year.

“I am sorry that certain things happened last year and you have been brought to these camps. But you must go back to your villages. I am here to tell you,don’t fear,” he said.

Condemning the incident,Chidambaram asked them to start life afresh,build the churches and practice their religion.

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“Whatever happened was wrong. Build your churches and practice your dharma,” he said.

When some refugees spoke of fear of RSS and Bajrang Dal,the Home Minister assured then that the guilty will be “prosecuted and punished.”

“All those who have indulged in this ghastly crime will be prosecuted and punished,” he said. The Home Minister visited Mandaika,Rahikola,Tinigia and Tikabali camps in the district providing shelter to about 1500 people.

First published on: 26-06-2009 at 03:28:13 pm
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