[Hpn] Riot-Hit Indian Christians Still Hiding in Jungles

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Riot-Hit Indian Christians Still Hiding in Jungles
Seven teenaged Christian schoolgirls missing
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Peter B. Beita
Christian Post Reporter

Sat, Jan. 05 2008=20

Several Christian families in a violence-stricken area of India's Orissa =
state are hiding in nearby jungles while seven teenage girls are =
reportedly missing.
Since Christmas Eve, mobs led by Hindu activists have attacked =
Christians in the Kandhamal district, reportedly killing nine people and =
damaged 60 churches, according to the latest official report from the =
state government. At least 100,000 Christians reside in the =
650,000-person district .

Many Christian families are reportedly afraid to return to their homes =
due to fear of violence. Meanwhile, 142 homeless families are taking =
shelter at the relief camps set up in Baliguda, Orissa. The =
administration has urged all homeless victims of the communal violence =
to return to their villages.

Those reportedly missing include seven ninth grade Christian girls. A =
boarding school informed police about the missing students on Saturday, =
said Satyenbrata Sahu, a divisional commissioner.

"We suspect they have run away out of fear," he told The Associated =
Press, also reporting that police were searching for the girls.

All Christian institutions in the area, including a convent and =
seminary, were attacked. Rioters also targeted two church-run hostels =
and high schools as well as a few shops managed by Christians in the =
small town of Bamunigam.

According to Dadini, a victim of the violence, several families that =
fled Barkhama were hiding in the jungles within a range of six to seven =
kilometers from Baliguda.

Ludinga Digal, who had reached the Baliguda camp, had no news of his son =
and daughter-in-law. Digal said the people hiding in the jungle and =
hills were living without proper food and water since Dec. 25.

Tejeswar Nayak, a college lecturer, meanwhile alleged that he was =
getting threatening calls from unidentified persons because he had given =
shelter to pastors and the priests of ransacked churches and Christian =
establishments at Baliguda. Miscreants continued their threats to burn =
up his house as well.

Fr. Laxmikant Pradhan, parish priest of a ransacked Baliguda church, =
wondered how the victims of police and administrative negligence could =
return in a few days.

More patrolling sought

The local people reportedly want more patrolling by armed policemen. But =
Suresh Kumar Panda, Kalahandi's additional superintendent of police who =
is now camping at Baliguda, said it might not be possible to increase =
patrolling in the area now.

Many other families are believed to be hiding elsewhere.

This past Sunday, more than 1,000 Christians held protest in the capital =
urging the government to punish the attackers and protect the Christian =
community in the state.

Orissa is the only Indian state that has a law requiring people to =
obtain police permission before they change their religion. The law was =
intended to counter missionary work.



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<P>Since Christmas Eve, mobs led by Hindu activists have attacked =
Christians in=20
the Kandhamal district, reportedly killing nine people and damaged 60 =
churches,=20
according to the latest official report from the state government. At =
least=20
100,000 Christians reside in the 650,000-person district .</P>
<P>Many Christian families are reportedly afraid to return to their =
homes due to=20
fear of violence. Meanwhile, 142 homeless families are taking shelter at =
the=20
relief camps set up in Baliguda, Orissa. The administration has urged =
all=20
homeless victims of the communal violence to return to their =
villages.</P>
<P>Those reportedly missing include seven ninth grade Christian girls. A =

boarding school informed police about the missing students on Saturday, =
said=20
Satyenbrata Sahu, a divisional commissioner.</P>
<P>"We suspect they have run away out of fear," he told The Associated =
Press,=20
also reporting that police were searching for the girls.</P>
<P>All Christian institutions in the area, including a convent and =
seminary,=20
were attacked. Rioters also targeted two church-run hostels and high =
schools as=20
well as a few shops managed by Christians in the small town of =
Bamunigam.</P>
<P>According to Dadini, a victim of the violence, several families that =
fled=20
Barkhama were hiding in the jungles within a range of six to seven =
kilometers=20
from Baliguda.</P>
<P>Ludinga Digal, who had reached the Baliguda camp, had no news of his =
son and=20
daughter-in-law. Digal said the people hiding in the jungle and hills =
were=20
living without proper food and water since Dec. 25.</P>
<P>Tejeswar Nayak, a college lecturer, meanwhile alleged that he was =
getting=20
threatening calls from unidentified persons because he had given shelter =
to=20
pastors and the priests of ransacked churches and Christian =
establishments at=20
Baliguda. Miscreants continued their threats to burn up his house as =
well.</P>
<P>Fr. Laxmikant Pradhan, parish priest of a ransacked Baliguda church, =
wondered=20
how the victims of police and administrative negligence could return in =
a few=20
days.</P>
<P><B>More patrolling sought</B></P>
<P>The local people reportedly want more patrolling by armed policemen. =
But=20
Suresh Kumar Panda, Kalahandi=92s additional superintendent of police =
who is now=20
camping at Baliguda, said it might not be possible to increase =
patrolling in the=20
area now.</P>
<P>Many other families are believed to be hiding elsewhere.</P>
<P>This past Sunday, more than 1,000 Christians held protest in the =
capital=20
urging the government to punish the attackers and protect the Christian=20
community in the state.</P>
<P>Orissa is the only Indian state that has a law requiring people to =
obtain=20
police permission before they change their religion. The law was =
intended to=20
counter missionary work.</P></DIV></DIV>
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