Opposition Congress and BJP today alleged the involvement of Governing BJD leaders in the violence in Bhadrak town.
Congress Veteran Niranjan Patnaik who toured the town along with a party delegation comprising senior leaders Anant Sethi and Bijaylaxmi Sahoo demanded stern action against the guilty.
Notably, Congress delegation visited the riot-hit town to express sympathy and obtain firsthand accounts from the general public.
Mr.Patnaik said that the State Government action in transferring the SP and ADM proved that it is convinced about their inept handling of the situation.
“We hope stringent action will be initiated against those responsible for inciting violence.
A BJP delegation which visited the communal violence hit town led by State President Basant Panda asserted that ruling party leaders were responsible for triggering violence in the town.
Mr.Panda, along with BJP Veteran Pratap Sarangi and others visited the riot torn town and said that the permission for a rally during a meeting to restore peace in the town aggravated the situation in the town.
“Ruling party leaders complicity too cannot be ruled out as the anit-India slogans raised during the rally fanned trouble in the town,” he added.
Today the District Administration stepped up efforts to assess the damage within the three-day deadline set by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Bhadrak.
He had directed the officials to make a detailed assessment of the damage and report within three days for providing financial assistance to the affected for livelihood restoration.
Meanwhile, curfew, which was imposed in the town on April 7, was relaxed from 7 AM till 5 PM today following an improvement in the situation, District Collector Gyana Ranjan Das said.
The decision to relax the curfew for a longer period was taken in view of a "considerable" improvement in the situation, he said, adding that inter-district bus services were normal today.
However, the ban imposed by the State Government on internet in Bhadrak and nearby areas on 9 April has since been lifted on 11 April night.
Violence had erupted in the town on April 6 after a group staged a demonstration near the town police station, demanding arrest of those involved in posting alleged offensive remarks against Hindu Gods on social media.
Though the District Administration clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144, tension persisted and fresh violence was reported on 7 April, despite a peace committee meeting.
However poor handling of situation by District Police between 4.30PM to 7.30 PM arson and looting occurred and escalation in tension prompted the administration to impose curfew on 7April.
Principal Secretary Home Asit Tripathy, DGP K B Singh rushed to the town and took control of situation.