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Orissa, Christian cemetery desecrated in Kandhamal

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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.

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Tribals appease ‘evil spirits’ as Japanese Encephalitis claims children’s lives


Insanitary conditions prevailing at Uskapalli hamlet in Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Wednesday. Nine children died due to viral fever suspected to be Japanese Encephalitis recently. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Insanitary conditions prevailing at Uskapalli hamlet in Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Wednesday. Nine children died due to viral fever suspected to be Japanese Encephalitis recently. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

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50000 animals sacrificed for Chhattar

BHUBANESWAR: Like every year, faith took precedence over reasoning at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district. Nearly 50,000 animals were sacrificed along the main thoroughfares of the town on Monday to propitiate Hindu goddess Manikeswari during 'Bijaya Yatra' of the annual Chhattar festival.

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Kandhamal riots: Commission issues notices to 55 people

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 22, 2012, DHNS:
The one-man justice A S Naidu Commission probing into the 2008 killing of Hindu religious leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal and the subsequent communal riots in the backward Odisha district has sent notices to as many as 55 individuals to appear before it and record their statements.

They commission said can make their appearance either personally or through their lawyers.

These individuals included senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal, two former Members of Parliament (MPs) - Radhakanta Nayak and Nakul Nayak, two former Director Generals (DGs) of Odisha Police - Gopal Nanda and Manmohan Praharaj, former state home secretary Tarunkanti Mishra, a former state minister and a senior leader of the ruling BJD Padmanav Behera, state BJP vice-president Ashok Sahu as well as two former Collectors and one former Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kandhamal.

Besides, notices have also been sent to a few Odisha based Christian leaders.
The commission has summoned the individuals under section 8-B of the Judicial Commission Act.

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