Odisha orders probe of "killing of Christians" in Kandhamal in the anti maoist operation -GCIC thanks govt


Odisha orders SIT probe into the killing of 5 tribals
Jul 12-BHUBANESHWAR: Odisha has ordered a probe by a special investigative team of the state Human rights Protection cell into the killing of five tribals by "anti-maoist" forces last Friday. The incident in Kandhamal district that led to the death of five, including of two women and a two year old child, has prompted outrage and a scathing criticism Naveen Patnaik's administration by GCIC and other activists ..


5 villagers killed in crossfire during anti-Maoist operation in Indian state Odisha


Published Jul 9, 2016
A five-month-old child was among the deceased, reprots said.

Bhubaneswar: At least five villagers(believed to be Christians) were killed on Friday night when security personnel deployed in anti-Maoist operations at Malapanga in Kandhamal district in Odisha ‘mistakenly’ opened fire on them.Preliminary reports said that the auto, carrying the villagers returning from local Baliguda market to their home, came under crossfire between the security personnel and Maoists in Gumurumaha forest under Tumudibandha police limits.


Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists
Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists
by Nirmala Carvalho
Indresh Kumar, a member of a paramilitary group close to India’s ruling party, accuses Christians of having a secret deal with Naxalite insurgents. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, his “inflammatory and dangerous” words undermine “secular and multi-religious India."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – India’s armed militants Maoists "have never targeted churches and priests just because they serve them or is there some other reason?" asked provocatively Indresh Kumar, a leader with the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) devoted to leftwing insurgency in south Chhattisgarh.
Following the outcry his speech caused, the politician was quick clarify his statement. "My intention,” he told reporters, “is not to criticise Churches. I know they are committed to India and their people believe in serving the nation, but I want their active role in eradicating Maoism; therefore, I have put forth these issues. They should decide whether the movement has brought life or death to the region”.
For many years, Maoist violence has disrupted life in many a state like Chhattisgarh. The Naxalite movement was founded in 1967 in Naxalbari, a village in West Bengal. In 2004, two of its main factions merged to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).