The Baptist christian community had been worshipping at their village church for more than 60 years. They have their graveyard (place of burial) on plot adjacent to their church. During the communal violence of 2008, their church was badly destroyed, only verry little portion of the old church remains now.
Rebuilding of the church began over an year ago. Hindu fundamentalists brought earth movr and dug up the land between the church and the graveyard and created a dispute. The administration declared that it was disputed land. Revnue and police authorities repeatedly told the christian community not to proceed with reconstruction work whenever they began work.
More needs to be done to help Christians in restive eastern state,German parliamentarians opinioned
August 15, 2011
A visiting parliamentary delegation from Germany has urged Orissa’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take stock of the situation in the eastern state’s volatile Kandhamal district.
“After visiting Kandhamal, we had a constructive discussion on security for Christians in his state. I also raised questions regarding reconstruction, the status of indigenous dalits and tribals, affirmative action for dalit Christians,” said Volker Kauder, chairman of the Christian Democrat Party’s parliamentary group.
Phulbani (Orissa), Jul 31,
Suspected Maoists beheaded a man in Brahmanigaon area of Kandhamal district today, police said.The headless body was found near Saragudi village, about 135 kms from here, they said, adding though the head was missing, the villagers identified the victim as Dakasa Majhi of the same village.
by Nirmala Carvalho
Michael Digal testified in court in a case connected with the 2008 anti-Christian violence. After purging his sentence, a fundamentalist enticed the victim into a trap and killed him. The Global Council of India Christians calls on the authorities to protect pogrom witnesses.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Michael Digal was killed for revenge. The Christian leader and activist testified against Hindu radicals after the Kandhamal pogroms, this according to investigators who are probing his death. Initially, state police had ruled his death accidental before the autopsy report was completed. The decomposing body of the 43-year-old man was found on Wednesday(27.07.11) near Baliguda Block, Kandhamal District (Orissa), three days after he went missing, near Mdikia (see “Christian leaded found dead in Kandhamal, Sajan George accuses Hindu radicals,” in AsiaNews, 28 July 2011). It was later moved to the government hospital in Baliguda, where a post-mortem was conducted yesterday.