Odisha: Naveen Patnaik visits violence-hit Bhadrak, says will act against those stoking communal tension

All those responsible for the violence will be punished. Our government will take strong steps to counter the divisive forces creating discord and violence in the name of religion and bringing misery to the peace-loving people of Odisha, the chief minister said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the ground situation in Bhadrak district, which has been tense after last week's communal clashes. Violence had erupted in the district following an allegedly derogatory social media post by miscreants against Lord Ram.

Patnaik rushed to Bhadrak this morning after returning from New Delhi last night. He held a review meeting at the district collectorate with state Home Secretary, DGP and other senior bureaucrats in attendance.

In a stern message to those trying to stoke communal violence, Patnaik said, "All those responsible for the violence will be punished. Our government will take strong steps to counter the divisive forces creating discord and violence in the name of religion and bringing misery to the peace-loving people of Odisha."

COMPENSATION TO THOSE AFFECTED BY CLASHES SOON

Ordering an immediate assessment of the damages caused by the violence, Patnaik assured the locals that the government would provide compensation to those affected in the area. The chief minister also announced the setting up of vending zones to rehabilitate affected shopkeepers in Bhadrak town.

Meanwhile, the district administration has relaxed curfew till 4 pm on Wednesday evening, as the area slowly limps back to normalcy.

So far more than 100 people, including the prime accused, have been arrested by the police.

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