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Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Charged by radical Hindus. In a year and a half he would have "attracted " 300 tribal Munda to Christianity. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The rhetoric of forced conversions to incite crimes against Christians." In 1999, Graham Staines and his two sons were killed in the same district.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The Orissa police yesterday arrested and imprisoned Rev. Sisir Nayak, accused by Hindu radicals in the area of ​​ illegally converting Munda tribe members. According to the complaint lodged with the police, in a year and a half the Pentecostal pastor "attracted " more than 300 people in the village of Raiguda (Keonjhar district) to Christianity.

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Odisha: Christian minister imprisoned on (false) accusations of forced conversions

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, from the Pentecostal community in the village of Manohar, has been in jail for four days. He is "guilty" of baptising 16 tribal people. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), he was arrested because of a “legal technicality”.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, Pentecostal minister in the village of Manohar (Odisha), has been in prison for the past four days on false charges of forced conversion.

Police in Anandpur arrested the clergyman last Wednesday for baptising 16 tribal people. According to the indictment, he allegedly "forced" them to embrace Christianity in exchange for money.

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Pastor Arrested in Orissa on False Charges of Conversion

Keonjhar, Odisha: 23-05-2015: Pastor Chaitanya Murmu (60) of Manohar Church in Manohar Village, Kendudiha Sahi, Anandpur Block belonging to Keonjhar District in Odisha, has been arrested on Thursday, 21-5-2015, by the Anandpur police on false charges of converting tribal people into Christianity by allurement. He was arrested in a village called Kodapada where he had gone on his ministerial work.

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Christmas in jail for Christians in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Two different communities (one Protestant the other Pentecostal) were attacked by Hindu fundamentalist groups while celebrating the birth of Christ. Local police arrested the faithful and their leaders on charges of forced conversion. For Sajan George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC),it is "a serious violation of religious freedom."

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