Bhubaneswar (Orissa): As many as 698 FIRs have been lodged at various Police Stations spreading across the State in connection with the Kandhamal communal riots, Home Department sources said on Monday.
Some 11,348 people are named accused, while over 89,424 people have been categorized as others in the complaints. “We have deployed 50 police officers of different ranks on the job to assist in investigating the case,” said State DGP Manmohan Praharaj.
The number would go further up as 75 more cases have been lodged since we made the assessment a few days ago, a senior police official manning the troubled Southern district revealed.
Officially, 39 people were killed in the religious mayhem. Police have so far arrested around 700 people in connection with the murders, arson and other violence that took place in Kandhmal.
Even incarcerating those arrested has been a major headache as the state’s prisons are overcrowded. The jails in Kandhmal district could not accommodate such large number forcing us to shift a good person of the under trials to jails in Ganjam and other places, official sources said.
In such a scenario, police are at odds to nab all the accused and they are concentrating on the core elements that count around 200, sources said.
Source: http://www.odishatoday.com/orissa/Kandhamal_riots_fact_figure_291208-7542149209.html Tue, 30 Dec 2008