Patil skips Jalaspata Ashram during his Kandhamal visit
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
By Anurjay Dhal
Bhubaneswar: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has no words for the inmates of Jalaspata Ashram. Patil even found no time on Wednesday to see the girl inmates of the Ashram, where Swami Laxmananda Saraswati was shot dead on August 23.
The Home Minister, who visited communal violence, hit Kandhamal after reviewing the situation here at Raj Bhawan, even not enquired about the mental condition of the inmates, who lost their god like guide and teacher.
“It appears that a fear of psychosis growing in the minds of the violence hit people. We have to take enough steps to make sure that such incidents not repeated in future,” the Home Minister told reporters.
“I have asked the Chief Minister to prepare a plan to support the poor who suffered in the incident. They will be required to be given relief till they return to their respective houses,’ he said.
Is fear of psychosis not in the mind of inmates of Jalaspata Ashram? Why the Home Minister kept him away? Why not he visited Jalaspata? These are few questions remain unanswered.
The innocent girl inmates have no idea on secularism and communalism. Swamiji all through his life taught them for a good life. Since Swamiji’s death, some 200 inmates have been passing through sleepless nights while few have left Ashram and staying in their home following tension.
When Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited Kandhamal, he not only visited Jalaspata Ashram but also spend hours with inmates and assured to provide all facilities, which were available for the inmates during Swamiji’s day.
Patil visited Tiringia and G Udaigiri areas of Kandhamal . He also visited a relief camp to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. More than 20,000 people have taken shelter in 11 relief camps in the district.
‘As per impression, it is unfortunate’, Patil added.
“Confidence should be given to people to go back to their respective villages without fear,’ he said adding that the Central Government would support the state in this matter. But like his last visit to Kandhamal, this time Patil not visited Hindu majority areas of Kandhamal.
Meanwhile, police said there was no violence reported from the worst-hit Kandhamal and Koraput districts Tuesday and Wednesday.