Vandals Torch More Churches and Houses in Orissa, India

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1. The vandals continue to strike houses of Christians in Kandhamal. Confirmed reports suggest burning of 1 church and 1 Mission Hostel in Mangapanga, Tomuriband, 3 churches in Mundabali, Badipankha, 1 church in Baringia in Phulbani on September 12th night. The vandals burnt 40 houses in these 3 villages.

In another incident, an eye witness informed EFI correspondent Rev. Ashis Parida that more than 2000 extremists set on fire 1 CNI Church and houses of Christians including the house of the Christian Sarpanch (Village head) of village Kurtamgarh in the afternoon of September 13th . Kurtamgarh is nearly 7-8 km away from Jalaspeta, the Ashram of slain leader Swami Saraswati in Kandhamal. Police tried to stop the rioters and 3 people are allegedly killed in the clash.

The vandalism of rioters have gained momentum after the visit of VHP leader Ashok Singhal in Orissa who is inciting Hindus and putting unjust demands before the administration. His demands include release of 456 rioters arrested by the police since the onset of violence. He also had closed door meeting with the Sankaracharya of Puri recently.

Rioters continue to torch more Christian houses and attack innocent and helpless Christians who are trying to return home from relief camps.

2. Incessant rain in Orissa is wrecking havoc in relief camps where thousands of victims are housed. Poor hygienic conditions and mall nutrition is raising the death counts. One child died in G. Udaigiri relief camp on September 12th leaving behind his grieving parents.

3. EFI also condemns the serial blasts that shook Delhi on the evening of September 13th . Around 6 bombs blasted at the press time injuring more than 90 and killing 25 people.

Evangelical Fellowship of India requests prayers for the bereaved families of the victims.

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