Aug 23, 2008
Orissa was once again a communal cauldron as Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) mobs went on the
rampage, following the ghastly murder of 84-year-old VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, known for his campaign against the conversion of tribals to Christianity, and four others.
The cops blamed Maoists for the killings but the VHP saw the hand of local Christians
and went about extracting revenge and retribution, killing at least 12.
Over 40 churches have been reported attacked at the time of writing, as mobs
went about targeting Christian homes, schools and orphanges run by missionaries.
On August 25, a 20-year old young woman was burnt alive at a Christian orphanage,
recalling the fiendish lynching in 1999 of Graham Staines and his two little
sons, leading to the imposition of curfew in six six towns-- Phulbani,
Tumudibandh, Baliguda, Udaygiri, Nuagaon and Tikabali -- of the Kadhamal district,
but to no avail as mobs defied curfew restrictions. The Pope has stepped in to
condemn the violence against Christians, but the government, surprise surprise,
claims that things are under control...