Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) welcomes the media reports quoting government sources as saying that according to their assessment Christians were not involved in the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four others on August 23. Also, an alleged Maoist leader, Azad, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing.
This vindicates the Christian bodies that have all along denied the baseless allegations that were being made by the Sangh Parivar.
EFI is also deeply concerned that the violence on Christians, which entered into the sixth day today, continues unabated in Kandhamal.
EFI also expresses anguish over the report that five schools and a church faced the ire of members belonging to Bajrang Dal, VHP and other groups in Barwani and Gwalior districts of Madhya Pradesh, for remaining closed today to observe a peaceful protest along with over 45000 other Christian educational institutions across the country.
We request you to lift our brethren in prayers who continue to be targeted for their faith.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
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