Orissa

Illegal Arrest by the Police in Orissa - Unrest continues in the village!

K.C. Pur, Baripada Dt, Orissa: 01-02-2013 - The Police from the K.C.Pur Police Station at Betanati Block in Baripada District in Orissa, have recently arrested two believers while they were at a prayer meeting without any provocation, plunging the entire village into a state of tension.

It was on 18.01.2013 when a few believers belonging to 7 local families came together for a praying meeting in a village called Gudikhamari, about 15 kms from Baripada Town, under Betanati Block and Krushnachandrapur (K.C.Pur) Police Station. At about 11.30 in the morning, the police suddenly appeared at the spot and stopped the prayer meeting,. They also arrested their prayer leader Bro. Bahadur Murmu, 23, and Rama Soreng, 21, and took them both to the Police station. The police team was also accompanied by the fundamentalists belonging to the Hindu outfits of that village who falsely lodged complaints against these believers alleging that they had been engaged in conversion activities in violation of the OFRA, as per the statements by the Police.

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Orissa: Seven innocent Christians still in prison after four years

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Charged in the murder of Laxamananda Saraswati, which set of the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms, the men are innocent. Even though Maoists have always claimed responsibility, police arrested them in the middle of the night on the basis of false evidence. For Sajan George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), , their trial is a travesty of justice that threatens the victims and lets the guilty go.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Seven Christians accused in the murder of Hindu leader Laxamananda Saraswati are still in prison. The latter's death sparked a violent anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa in 2008. Although Maoist took responsibility for the assassination, the seven men are still languishing behind bars four years after the event, victims of phoney trials, delays, absent judges and the inability to testify to their innocence. For Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the seven Christians are victims of a travesty of justice in which they and witnesses are threatened and the guilty go free.

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No persecution can destroy our faith, says Orissa archbishop


by Nirmala Carvalho
Interview with Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. He is on spiritual retreat 10-14 December) with his priests, victims of anti-Chritian pogroms. Fr Errol Fernandes is in charge of the retreat, centred on the Year of Faith. In 2008, the Jesuit priest met Hindu students at a Mumbai college to describe what was happening to Christians in Orissa.

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Orissa's Tribals: If you are a Christian, you can not have a caste certificate

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Active discrimination in some communities Kandho in Kandhamal district. The victims are Christians, or intermarried with Christians, or Dalits. Without the document, citizens have no access to social and economic rights. Monfortian Missionary: "Cases on the rise." President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Persecution of Christians by the official authorities."

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