Kandhamal riots

Conversion, reconversion led to Kandhamal riots: Commission

BHUBANESWAR: Conversion and re-conversion were among the major factors which led to the riots in Orissa's Kandhamal district last year, a judicial commission probing the violence has said.
"Sources of the violence were deeply rooted in land disputes, conversion and re-conversion and fake certificate issues," Justice S C Mohapatra, heading the one-man panel, said in his interim report on the violence in Kandhamal which claimed 43 lives besides damaging many houses and churches.
He, however, did not elaborate on the conversions and reconversions issue.
Kandhamal had witnessed the killing of 38 Christians during the communal violence. A number of churches were burnt and thousands of Christians, mainly tribals, had to flee their villages after being targeted by Hindus in the wake of the killing of VHP leader Swami Lakshmanand Saraswati by Maoists last year.

Kandhamal riots report submitted to Odisha government

The Justice A.S. Naidu Commission of Inquiry, set up by the Odisha government to probe the 2008 Kandhamal riots, presented its report to the state government on Tuesday.

The Kandhamal riots had hogged international headlines for the ethno communal riot between Hindus and Christians in 2008.

Secretary of the commission A.K. Patnaik handed over the 1020-page report to state home secretary Asit Tripathy at the secretariat here.

Pogrom in Orissa, acquitted 54 extremists. Christian leader: new farce against the victims

Pogrom in Orissa, acquitted 54 extremists. Christian leader: new farce against the victims

The defendants were accused of having set fire to a Baptist church and 14 houses in Christmas 2007. Despite the evidence against them, the court acquitted them of Phulbani for "lack of evidence". The court is the same one that sentenced to life imprisonment seven Christians innocent. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) is launching an appeal for justice.


Kandhamal fast tract courts terminated,seven falsely accused languish in Phulbani jail

The Judge at Fast Track Court (Phulbani), intentionally delayed hearing the case. He dragged on the case till His court was terminated. Fast Track Courts constituted to try Kandhamal riot cases were terminated w e f 01/04/13. Now case is transfered to regular court - the Sessions Court. It is a fact that cases delay at regular courts. Now it is put up for arguments by prosecution, doh 22/5/13.The illegally detained Prisoners have completed more than 4 and a half years in prison.