Christian leader arrested alleging Maoist sypathy and phones of Kandhamal Christians illegally tapped

Three Christian leaders were mysteriously murdered in the year 2011 and 2012 started with the second phase of elimination of Christian leaders with allegation of Maoists link. Somnath Pradhan(37),another Christian leader from Janabadi village of Daringbadi Block, Kandhamal was arrested on 09.01.2012 night for his alleged sympathy to maoists and lodged in Baliguda Jail.


Kandhamal Victims, witnesses are unprotected: Tribunal

BHUBANESWAR: A national people’s tribunal, which conducted public hearing on the infamous 2008 Kandhamal riots on Friday, said the criminal justice system had been rendered ineffective in protecting the victims, survivors and witnesses besides delivering justice and fixing accountability for crimes perpetrated on the minorities.


Hindu radicals hoist saffron flag on Catholic church under construction

Hindu fundamentalists yesterday hoisted a saffron flag on the construction site of Catholic Church at Bakingia , one of the largest Christian settlements in Kandhamal district of Orissa.
Yesterday was the Hindu festival of Dussehra, which signifies the victory of good over evil.“More than 400 fanatics moved towards the Catholic Church at noon yesterday. The Catholic community in the area had accumulated building materials to re construct the church, which angered them,


Kandhamal Churches will not be demolished: govt official ?

Kandhamal district administration has assured the Christians in Orissa’s Kandhamal district that orders to demolish churches or stop reconstruction of damaged church buildings will not be enforced.