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Centre raps Orissa CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 3
Union home minister Shivraj Patil today wrote a letter to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reminding him about his duties.

Patil said after every incident of violence, the MHA has been making available additional Central forces that had continued to remain in the state.

Patil, in his letter reminded Patnaik by saying a MI-17 helicopter provided by the MHA to the Orissa Government was used only reconnaissance purposes and not for transportation of troops.

Out of 5 India reserve battalions sanctioned for Orissa, only one has been raised so far. Patil urged the Chief Minister to review the situation and take effective measures to control violent and disruptive activities and also to ensure that the substantial Central forces made available to the state are optimally utilised. More than 7,500 para-military personnel had been rushed to Kandhamal. Patil made it clear that the Orissa government has to do more.

Add agencies: AICC spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons, while pointing out that it was for the Centre to decide as to when and how to use its powers. Asked if the Centre was preparing to invoke dismissal of the BJD-BJP government in Orissa under Article 356 of the Constitution, he said.




Nun’s rape case with crime branch

Bhubaneswar, October 3
Thirtynine days after a nun was allegedly raped during the Kandhamal riots, the crime branch today took charge of the case. The step was taken following the medical report collected by the police from hospital yesterday.

“The crime branch of state police under the direct supervision of IGP(crime) will conduct the investigation,” highly placed sources said. Four persons were arrested and the in-charge of the Baliguda police station, K N Rao, was suspended with immediate effect as the medical report stated possibility of rape, they said.

“The woman was medically examined and the report received by us suggests possibility of rape,” Kandhamal SP Praveen Kumar said. The nun's clothes have been sent for tests to the state forensic laboratory. The four arrested persons are being interrogated.

Asked whether there had been an attempt to suppress the matter, a senior police officer said: “It is a fact that the nun concerned and pastor Thomas Chellam were assaulted by a mob. But allegation of rape had not been confirmed all these days.” — PTI



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