Fear Prevails in Orissa, India

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New Delhi, September 12, 2008: Even though the media has been slow in reporting the incidents, the situation in Orissa is still volatile and the atmosphere of fear and apprehension prevails.

Christian leaders from the State apprehend that lives of the brethren coming back from the jungles are at high risk. Despite Central and State Governments’ assurances to the Supreme Court, the situation in the State is far from normalcy.

On the night of September 11, 2008 rioters broke into the homes of Mr. Benjamin Nayak and Mr. Gomor Nayak in Telingia, G. Udaigiri and charred it to ashes. Leaving behind their belongings the family members somehow managed to escape and are presently in a relief camp. The fact that these Christian houses are just 6-7 km away from police station did not prevent them from being destroyed.

In another case of assault and kidnapping Mr. Pura Malik was captured by a group of Hindu extremists on September 9, 2008 in Nilungia village, G. Udaigiri. An FIR has been lodged in the G. Udaigiri police station. No action so far has been taken by police and his whereabouts were unknown at press time.

Evangelical Fellowship of India requests prayers for these bereaved families.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations