Tension in Kandahmal, Orissa after Fresh Clashes

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September 24, 2008: On Tuesday, more than 1,000 people, mostly women, surrounded a police station in Raikia town, about 280 km from Bhubaneswar, demanding the release of two people who had been arrested the previous day on charges of rioting.

The mob pelted stones forcing police and troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to hit people with batons and then open fire, a police official said. One person was killed and 25 people, including many policemen, were injured.

The ripples continued till Wednesday as authorities tried to send more forces to the area but could not.

"After the incident, mobs have blocked roads at several places by placing huge wooden logs. This has made it impossible for the force to reach the areas," said a district police control room official.

EFI Correspondent, Rev. James Kaiser reports from Chennai: A Dharna (sit-up) to express solidarity with the Orissa Christians was organised in St. George’s Anglo Indian School Ground on September 21, 2008 from 3 PM to 8.30 PM.

More than 30 thousand Christians representing different denomination and churches came together with their hearts joined in prayerful accord for the Orissa Christians. The Bishops of all mainline churches comprising of CSI, ECI, Catholic, and several church heads including United evangelical Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan Church, Tamil Baptist, Telugu Baptist, New Life AG, Salvation army, Maranatha, Advent Church, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, The Pentecostals, Independent Churches, Calvary Community Church, Madras Pentecostal Assembly, Methodist, Trinity full Gospel, Church of God, Power House Church, Jehovah shamah, along with a big number of Independent pastors took part in the Dharna(Sit-up).

To the press and the media all the Bishops in a unanimous voice called for a ban on the Hindu fanatic groups and asked the Government for tough measures against this hooliganism that has been perpetrated in the name of God.

On September 30 all the clergy will go on fasting & prayer in front of the Govt. guest house, Chepauk.

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