07/28/2011, 00.00
INDIA

Christian leaded found dead in Kandhamal, Sajan George accuses Hindu radicals

Micael Digal disappeared a few days ago. His body was found last night near the village of Mdikia. Police closed the case, claiming his death was accidental. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians slams police and the authorities for covering up crimes by Hindu radicals.
Bhubaneswar (AsiaNews) – The body of Micael Digal, a Christian activist and leader, was found last night near the village of Mdikia (Kandhamal) after days of search. Following the autopsy this morning, police ruled the death “accidental”. However, for Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christian (GCIC), he was ambushed and killed by Hindu extremists for his work on behalf of 2008 pogrom victims and Christian Dalits.

“Even if the police have closed the case, the GCIC will continue to put pressure until Micael and other Christians brutally killed by Hindu radicals get justice,” he said.

An example of such travesty of justice is the murder of Rev Saul Pradhan, a Protestant clergyman who went missing on 10 January. He was found a few days later about two kilometres from his home. Despite the obvious bruises and injuries to his body, the case was closed without any further action.

Three years after pogroms killed dozens of people, Christians in Kandhamal continue to be victimised by extremist groups who operate undisturbed thanks to the complicity of police and state authorities. (N.C.)
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