GREETINGS TO YOU FROM HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION
A team of HRP members visited the affected areas of
the communal violence in Odisha from 9th to 12th Sept'08 with special
permission from the Collector, as no reporters or political leaders are
allowed in the camp area. The situation there very worse and horrifying for
Christians to stay there any more. A brief report and few photographs/video
clippings are attached herewith for your information.
On 22nd Aug.'08 following the death/murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati,
mob violence started against minority Christians in presence of Police in
different parts of Odisha. During the procession of the body on 23rd and
24th Aug'08 Christian Institutions were attacked, buses/cars/Motor
cycles/Scooters were burned, looted houses & then set them on fire,
Christians were butchered, Females were raped, Churches were destroyed.
During the violence injured Hindus were given medical aid/
hospitalization by the mob, whereas affected Christians run for shelter in
the dense forest. During the violence more than 40 Christians died whereas
official death toll is only 20. Most of the deaths were reported from
KANDHMAL, BARGARH, RUPAGAON, RAIKA, SULESARU, BUDAMAHA.
Mob violence and brutal attacks of Christian people were reported from
BHUBANESWAR, CUTTACK, UDAYAGIRI, NAYAGARH BALIGUDA, BARGARH, KANJIMENDI,
PHULBANI, SRASANADA, RAIKIA, TIKABALI.
Catholic Nuns were publically attacked and raped in CUTTACK, BARGARH &
In short, the mob violence is well planned, organized and
directed/controlled by a group of outsiders. Even they had directed the
locals to put their flag on the top of every Hindu house to avoid any attack
by error. In spite of Cr.Pc.144 in the attested area Hindu radicals are
conducting their group meetings of thousands of people in the hill area.
We had taken up the matter with the Governor of Odisha Mr.M.C. Bhandare
personally and submitted our proposal for immediate corrective measures, for
which he had agreed to look into the matter.
Presently 14 relief camps were opened in different parts of Odisha by the
state Govt. and approx.24,000 inmates are there, fearing for their life and
struggling for one time meal.
HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION