Tension grips as RSS man gun down in riot hit Kandhamal
Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Tension on Thursday once again gripped Orissa’s riot hit Southern districts of Kandhamal after some unidentified gun men shot dead one RSS leader of the district, Police sources said.
The victim was identified as P Panigrahi of Bandapipili village, was in the hit list of the alleged Maoists. The rebels shot him dead at Rudigaon area, situated some 150 kilometers away from Phulabani district headquarters.
The killer however blocked the road between Kotagada and Rudiguma by felling trees, which took more time for the police to reach the spot after clearing the road, sources added.
Panigrahi, a known RSS activist, preferred to stay at a different place instead of his house as he feared danger to his life, police sources said.
The youth was the second RSS Swayam Sevak after 33-year-old Dhanu Pradhan to be killed in the ongoing ethno-communal riot in riot ravaged Kandhamal.
Pradhan was killed on 5 November, 2008, while Swami Laxamananda Saraswati was gunned down on 23 August, 2008. With killing of Panigrahi, the death toll in the Kandhamal violence had touched 44.
Meanwhile, the brutal murder of RSS worker might further aggravate the situation with BJP announcing to make Swamiji’s murder case as major poll issue.
The incident has sent a shock wave among RSS workers in the riot hit district. Now that the saffron BJP was out of the government, the angry Sangh Parivar could unite this time to take revenge of Hindu killings, police suspect.
Senior RSS and VHP leaders here have alleged that the killers were not Maoists but paid goons of Church. “This was an act of Church to demoralize tribal Hindus in Kandhamal,” Hindu Jagaran Samukhya State chief Ashok Sahu added.
After the killing of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati, it appears that the Naveen Patnaik government has adopted a 'go slow' policy wrt to the converted Maoists.
He was the first who wanted to revert illegelly built ''prayer houses'' of the converted Panos, even though land righst are only with native Kandhs. Due to the poor and pathetic attempts of Naveen, the Maoists are making bolder moves such as killing down RSS functionaries. And their comrades-in-arms , the Church Bishops who have played a part in converting them are suddenly backing Naveen and giving him certificate of character . Only last year, the bishops were asking for his head after the ''Nun Rape Case''
, which till date is stuck as neither the niun nor the ''Father Thomas'' wish to assist the police.
The assembly elections in Odisha, along side LS Elections, this year are of enormous importance to many a player in the background. Funnily enough Naveen is discussing "seat sharing" with the left parties which have 2 seats in the 147 member Odisha assembl y. Hopefully, like Chattisgarh, the people will elect a government that does not explicitly panders to the converting and killing terrorists.
Also, if the attempt of the Chinese Party of India (Maoists) , succed in creating a red corridor from Bengal to Kerala, then the threat perception to India and Indian civilisation would be very high. The efforts of the Left front from TN to Odisha give a pointer to their desperst situation. For them it appears, it is NOW or never.