October 3, 2008, Kandhamal, (Orissa): EFI correspondent Rev. Dr. D B Hrudaya reports: Bodies of two people are found in mysterious circumstances in Sindhpali village under Mundigada GP of Tumudibandha Block. The incidents happen around 9pm of October 2. The body of one person, identified as Dushasan Majhi, is the member of the Church in the Sindhipali village. The other body is that of one 9th standard student belonging to the same village. Rev. Hrudaya also reported that the police has arrested a number of VHP leaders.
Dharna in Bhuabaneshwar: More than 300 children sat on dharna in Bhubaneshwar on October 2, along with Christian leaders protesting against the unending violence targeting Christians.In the aftrenoon 200 women also joined the Dharna. Mr P.C.Thomas, M.P. from Kerala also visited Bubaneshwar.
Meanwhile violence in riot-hit Kandhamal district spilled over to nearby Boudh district where 111 houses were torched on Thursday even as the death toll even as the death-toll continues to rise, according to PTI reports.
Some people went on rampage at Uma, Phatamunda, Kunukutri and Mosinaguda villages in the neighbouring Boudh district in the wee hours Thursday. The mob, comprising over 200 people, set 111 houses afire, police said, adding that while the highest number of 42 houses were torched at Uma village, 29 houses were burnt at Mosinaguda, 27 houses at Phatamunda and 13 at Kunukutri village.
Two persons, identified as Mitu Mallick and Madhia Mallick, were arrested in this connection.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu): EFI correspondent Rev. James Kaiser reports from Chennai: More than 1000 pastors of all denominations represented staged a protest dharna (sit-up) with fasting under the banner of Chennai Churches Fraternity on 30th September, in front of the Tamil Nadu state Government Guest house.
Under the united leadership of Rt. Rev. Dr. Devasagayam – Bishop of Madras Diocese, Church of South India (CSI), Bishop Ezra of Evangelical Church of India (ECI), Bishop Chinnapper of Catholic Madras Diocese, Pastor Owen Roberts from Synod of Pentecostal churches and several key leaders of the church and mission.
Leaders of some major political parties like DMK, Congress, PMK, Viduthalai Siruthai, Dravida Kalzhagam, and some Muslim parties also joined the protest.
These leaders, while expressing their solidarity for Christians in Orissa, placed a clear cut demand before the Central Government to immediately impose a ban on the Sangh Parivar Groups notably Bajrang Dal and VHP.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
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