The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Odisha government to give additional compensation to 2008 Kandhamal communal riot victims, terming previous compensation as inadequate.
The Supreme Court has been monitoring the relief and rehabilitation measures for victims since 2008 on the basis of a petition filed by the State’s Archbishop Raphael Cheenath.
The riots had hogged international headlines for the ethno communal riot between Hindus and Christians in 2008.
The riots broke out following the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his associates at his Chakapada Ashram on August 23, 2008.
The killing had triggered communal violence in Kandhamal and adjoining areas in which at least 38 people were killed.