Kandhamal Killings : AICC Team Arrives in Baliguda

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Bhubaneswar: Exactly 15 days after the frightful killing of five innocent villagers amid an anti-Maoist operation in Gumudumaha village in Kandhamal area, a five-member group of All India Congress Committee (AICC) will visit the town on Saturday. The group has arrived Baliguda in the area this evening and will visit Gumudumaha town later in the day.

The team comprising former Union minister V Kishore Chandra Deo, Jairam Ramesh, K H Muniyappa, Vincent Pala and Arun Oraon will try to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killing of the villagers. The team is assisted by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Prasad Harichandan, AICC secretary and Odisha in-charge Subhankar Sarkar and other leaders of the party.

Sources said the team will meet family members and relatives of the victims in Gumudumaha village.

This is the second time a Congress delegation is visiting Kandhamal after the incident that has provoked outrage across the State.