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Victimization Continues in Orissa – Christians targeted

August 13, 2011 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-lead, Orissa, Persecution

Stop violence against Christians10 August 2011, Raikia, Orissa (Prashanti): At about 6 am in the village of Banjamaha (about 7 kilometres afrom Raikia), being season of cultivation most people of the village were away in fields. Mr Abedana Pradhan, son of Dussasana Pradhan, armed with a khanta (sword) came to the house of Mithu Digal. He shouted at Rebika digal, wife of Mithu digal “Where is your husband? I will cut (kill) him.” Rebika got frightened and kept quiet. Abedan, left the place after looking around fiercely and finding that Mithu was not around. After about an hour, Abedana came back to the house of Mithu in rage holding the sword again shouting that he would kill Mithu and break down the house of Mithu. He tresspassed into house of Mithu, ransacked and broke down all articles in the house. After this he went away.
In the evening again at about 4 pm when Mithu returned home from work in the forest, both of them together met the ward member, Mr Sanatana Bindhani and apprised him of the morning’s incident.  The ward member called the acused and asked him to sit for a village panchayat (meeting of elders) to discuss the matter and settle the dispute. But he refused.So the next day  Rebika filed complaint at Raikia police station. The police station has not converted the complaint into an FIR.Abedana is a Hindu and Mithu is Christian by faith. According to pastor Sunil Parichha – “Banjamaha is the village where pastor Saula Pradhan was killed by two Hindu friends on 10th January 2011. The police did not register a case of murder against the killers and did not arrest accused persons. It is clear that Hindu fanatics are still getting support by the authorities to intimidate and harm Christians, with police taking no action.

– bro. kj markose

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