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558 houses, 17 prayer houses torched in violence, says Orissa government
September 01, 2008 16:00 IST
While 543 houses were burnt in the worst hit Kandhamal district, 15 houses had been set ablaze in Gajapati district, said Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
All the torching of places of worship were reported from Kandhamal district where over 185 people were arrested on charges of rioting and arson. A total of 35 people were injured in the riot in Kandhamal, Tripathy said.
Though Tripathy did not mention how may were killed during the riot, official sources put the figure at 16 on Monday, with the recovery of two bodies in Kandhamal district. Besides Kandhamal, Tripathy said, people were provided with food in free kitchen in Rayagada and Gajapati districts.
While 12,539 people were fed in 10 relief camps, 783 people got the facilities in two relief camps in Rayagada district. Tripathy said relief camps were located at Chakapada, Raikia, Baliguda, K Nuagaon, Tikabali, Phiringia, Phlbani, Tumudibandha and Daringbadi blocks in Kandhamal district.
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