Kandhamal

  • Former BJD MP joins BJP ahead of Kandhamal bypoll September 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the October 15 byelection to the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, former MP Rudra Madhav Ray on Sunday joined BJP sparking speculation about his possible candidature from the party. Ray, who was earlier suspended from the BJD, joined BJP along with his supporters in the presence of...
  • Odisha: Voters' awareness campaign to raise votes in Kandhamal bypolls September 21, 2014

    Berhampur: In order to raise voters' awareness and participation in ensuing Kandhamal Lok Sabha byelection, the district administration has started systematic voters' education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme. "We are trying our best to draw voters to the booths by educating them on their right to vote," returning officer and...
  • Odisha's most wanted Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested from Ganjam July 18, 2014

    Ganjam: Top Naxal leader and Odisha's most wanted man Sabyasachi Panda has been arrested from the Ganjam district in Odisha. He had been on the run for over a decade. Panda faces over 30 charges of murder, including that of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and his four disciples in Kandhamal...
  • Odisha: Court acquits 11 in Kandhamal riot case April 17, 2014

    A local court in Odisha acquitted 11 persons due to lack of evidence in a case related to communal riots in Odisha's Kandhamal district. Additional District Judge (ADJ), Phulbani Rajendra Kumar Tosh on Wednesday acquitted all the 11 persons arrested in connection with the murder of Gopan Nayak of Gandagada village...
  • Odisha: Kandhamal tribals threaten to boycott polls March 31, 2014

    A large number of tribal people have threatened to boycott polls for Kandhamal Lok Sabha and Phulbani Assembly seats accusing the government of being callous in providing basic facilities like drinking water, electricity, education and healthcare. Around 5,000 voters, mostly tribals, of Bilabadi, Danga, Shraba, Mallickpada, Shamapaju, Birigada and five other...
  • 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape case: One jailed for 11 years, 2 others for 3, 6 acquitted March 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The district court in Cuttack on Friday convicted three persons and acquitted six in the 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape case. Prime accused Mitu Patnaik has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment and the remaining two convicts have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. The nun was allegedly gangraped on August...
  • 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape: Cuttack court to deliver verdict today March 14, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: The district court in Cuttack will pronounce its verdict on Friday on the Kandhamal nun gangrape case. The nun was allegedly gangraped on August 25, 2008 at Baliguda in Kandhamal district of Odisha, two days after the communal riots broke out in the district following the killing of VHP...
  • Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati murder case: All convicts get life term October 3, 2013

    Kandhamal: All eight convicts in the murder case of Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati have been sentenced to life. The ADJ court in Kandhamal had earlier convicted all the eight Duryodhan Suna Majhi, Munda Bada Majhi, Sanatan Bada Majhi, Garnatha Chalanseth, Bijay Kumar Samseth, Bhaskar Suna Majhi and Budhadev Nayak ...
  • Odisha: Maoist leader convicted in Laxmananda Saraswati murder case October 1, 2013

    A Maoist leader was on Tuesday convicted by a court in Kandhamal district for the murder of senior VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and four others five years ago. Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh held Pulari Rama Rao alias Uday, a Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh, guilty for the murder of...
  • Odisha: 7 convicted for VHP leader Laxmanananda murder, sentencing on Oct 3 September 30, 2013

    Phulbani (Odisha): Seven persons were convicted in the murder of senior VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others by a court in Odisha's Kandhamal district on Monday. Additional District Judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh found the seven guilty and reserved the order for pronouncement of the quantum of punishment for October 3....
  • Dog helps police to crack murder case in Odisha September 3, 2013

    A sniffer dog helped police crack a murder case in Baliguda area of Odisha's Kandhamal district and arrest three out of four accused persons, police said on Tuesday. The two-year-old male dog, Faith, led police to accused Sambhu Mallick, Kartika Mallick and Sanatana Sahu of Penkapeta village who along with another...
  • BJP leader sits on indefinite hunger strike over Kandhamal murders August 24, 2013

    Renewing calls for the arrest of those involved in the murder of a Hindu leader and his four aides in Odisha's Kandhamal district five years ago, a senior leader of opposition BJP began a fast-unto-death, police said on Saturday. Ashok Sahu, a former Assam-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Bharatiya...
  • Odisha: 2 arrested for allegedly gangraping a nun July 15, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: A nun was allegedly gangraped in the Kandhamal district of Odisha. Two people including her cousin have been arrested. The nun, who works in Chennai, was visiting her village in Kandhamal. Police say the suspects gave the nun a lift in a car, took her to an unidentified location and...
  • Odisha: Minor gangraped and murdered in Kandhamal October 27, 2012

    Phulbani: A 13yearold girl was murdered after being allegedly gangraped by some youths in Odisha's Kandhamal district, police said on Saturday. The girl, A Class VII student of Dadamaha, had gone to witness a 'yatra' (play) at nearby Simanbadi village on Thursday night when the youths sexually assaulted her, subdivisional...
  • Odisha hostage crisis: Panda losing support base April 9, 2012

    Kandhamal: It seems likely that Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda, who has kept the Italian national Paolo Bosusco hostage to force the government to agree to his demands, may just have committed a big blunder and in fact, put his own safety at risk. CNNIBN has learnt that the local Dalit community,...
  • Abduction caps 4 yrs of extremist violence in Kandhamal March 28, 2012

    Berhampur (Odisha): The abduction of two Italians is the first such incident in Odisha's Kandhamal district involving foreigners, but the district has witnessed an alarming spurt in extremist violence in the last four years. Covered by dense forest and being a mountainous terrain, the tribaldominated district has served as a safe...
  • 'Maoist factionalism may be behind BJD MLA's abduction' March 25, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Factionalism among the Maoists could be behind the kidnapping of the BJD MLA from Koraput district and the killing of policemen while talks were being held for the release of two Italians taken hostage by the ultras in Odisha, police and intelligence sources said on Sunday. The tribal BJD MLA...
  • Odisha's 'Red' reality: Kandhamal a Maoists' stronghold March 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The abduction of the two Italians is a clear reflection that Maoists are not on the back foot even after operation Green Hunt. CNNIBN travelled to Kandhamal in Odisha to find out the ground reality. Sixty twoyearold Pyari Mohan Naik, a retired school teacher in Kandhamal, came to know...
  • Odisha: abducted Italians safe but scared March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The two Italians taken hostage by Maoists in Kandhamal, Odisha, are scared but safe, according to one of the two Indians released. The Maoists have set a deadline of Sunday evening for 13 demands to be met including an end to antiNaxal operaitons. The Maoists treated us well,...
  • Italian consul 'hopeful' of hostages' release March 18, 2012

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about the status on the two Italian tourists taken hostage by Maoists. Krishna was briefed of the efforts made by Odisha government for the early release of two kidnapped Italian nationals. The two tourists were...
  • Odisha: Court acquits 31 in Kandhamal violence February 23, 2012

    Phulbani: A Fast Track court here has acquitted 31 persons who had been accused of being involved in communal violence in Odisha's Kandhamal district in August 2008. Additional Sessions Judge of Fast Track court2, BN Mishra while pronouncing judgement in an arson and rioting case, acquitted the 31 accused on Wednesday...
  • SC stays trial of Kandhamal nun rape case February 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The trial of a case involving rape of a Christian nun allegedly by religious fanatics during the 2008 Kandhamal riots in Orissa was stayed on Monday by the Supreme Court on a plea by the victim challenging the prosecution's failure to crossexamine a subdivisional magistrate. A bench of Justice...
  • Kandhamal riots: SC to examine raped nun's plea February 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to look into the appeal of a Christian nun allegedly raped by religious fanatics during the infamous Kandhamal riots in Odisha, challenging the State High Court's rejection of her plea for crossexamination of a subdivisional magistrate. A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and...
  • Kandhamal riots: Court sentences 8, acquits 19 January 31, 2012

    New Delhi: A fast track court in Phulbani, Orissa, on Tuesday sentenced eight accused in the 2008 Kandhamal communal riots to five years imprisonment. Nineteen others were, however, acquitted by the court. The riots occurred in Kandhamal, a tribaldominated district, in the aftermath of the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati...
  • 39 accused in Kandhamal riot acquitted July 30, 2011

    Phulbani: A local court on Saturday acquitted 39 people arrested for their alleged involvement in Kandhamal ethnocommunal riot in 2008. The 39 people were acquitted due to lack of proper evidence against them by fast track court 1 aditional sessions judge SK Dash in connection with two separate cases relating...
  • 12 convicted in Kandhamal riot case January 31, 2011

    Phulbani, Orissa: Two separate fast track courts sentenced 12 people to rigorous imprisonment and penalty after convicting them in cases of house burning during the Kandhamal riot in 2008. While disposing a case relating to house burning of minorities at Lengisuga village under Baliguda police station area...
  • Citizen Journalist: The spirit of giving December 27, 2010

    On the Christmas special of Citizen Journalist, watch the joy of people who help those in need. ...
  • CJ: The plight of Kandhamal riot victims December 27, 2010

    December 25, 2010 is the third anniversary of Kandhamal riots. Aarti Parichha, a 45yearold, Kandhamal riot victim turns citizen journalist to report on the plight of thousands of riot victims who are still homeless and do not have a proper church to even pray in, this Christmas. ...
  • 12 convicted in Kandhamal riot cases October 30, 2010

    Phulbani (Orissa): Twelve persons were convicted and 46 others acquitted in riot related cases by separate fast track courts at Phulbani in Kandhamal on Saturday. Judges of the fast track courtI and II pronounced judgements while disposing six different cases relating to house burning and a murder incident during the communal...
  • Eight convicted in Kandhamal riot case September 25, 2010

    Phulbani: A local court on Saturday sentenced eight persons to three years imprisonment for setting fire to houses belonging to minority community people during the Kandhamal riot in 2008. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on each of the eight persons. The judgement was pronounced by fast track courtI...