Orissa ;Attack on Christmas eve .Two Christians shot at and injured.
- From Dr John Dayal
Member, national Integration Council,
Government of India
24th December 2007
To The Prime Minister of India
By Fax/Email and Dispatch Carrier Copy to
Chief Minister of Orissa, Bhuwaneshwar
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil
Chairman National Minorities Commission
Chairman, National Human Rights Commission
Dear Prime Minister
This is a most urgent appeal for your intervention to prevent further bloodshed of Christians in Orissa on the eve of Christmas.
I have just got the following message from Church members in Orissa, specially from Father Rabby [Phone number 06849-249872] Two Christians have been shot and injured, many Christian shops destroyed and Christmas Pandal razed in the area of Bamunigham, District Kandhamal, Orissa on the eve of Christmas.
I am told that one Lokhanand, a known fundamentalist political activist of the area, has been warning Christians not to celebrate Christmas in any way.
Today he led a mob of over 100 persons, many of whom were armed with guns and sharp weapons, to attack the Christmas celebrations and prayers taking place in a Pandal set up in the area.
The mob shot at the people, injuring two most critically. They destroyed shops and the Pandal. The people fear the worst. I implore you to urge the Chief Minister and the state authorities to act expeditiously to avert further tragedy.
Thank you and God bless