by Nirmala Carvalho
A group of unknown persons removed all the crosses and cut down some trees and bushes. According to a Methodist minister in the area, the graves are at risk. In the past, the area was hit by anti-Christian violence.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The Christian cemetery of the village of Midiakia (Kandhamal district, Orissa) has been desecrated by a group of unknown assailants. The news was released just yesterday, but Rev. Gaurango Nayak, pastor of the Methodist Church, discovered what had happened a week ago, when he went to the cemetery to pray. The authors of the act removed the crosses from every grave and felled some trees and bushes. According to the pastor, "in the next two days, all the mounds will be overturned." For the moment, the leaders of the local churches have reported the incident to police and officials, but the authors have not yet been arrested. Police have placed the area under the art. 145 (unlawful assembly) of the Criminal Code, to prevent both sides from entering the cemetery.