» 05/11/2011, 00.00
Orissa pogroms: police clear Christians from the death of Hindu religious leader
Maoists killed Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in August 2008, this according to the findings of a police probe that led to charges filed against 14 members of an ultra-leftist group. The assassination, which Hindu radicals blamed on Christians, unleashed a wave of violence that killed at least 100 Christians and left tens of thousands homeless, with hundreds of churches vandalised or destroyed.
Orissa: anti-Christian Hindu Leader, Madhu Baba, arrested
He was the right hand man of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati, whose murder sparked the violence against Christians in Orissa. The court has denied bail. He was involved in the attack on some Dalit Christians from the village of Malipara in July 2008, but police say that the detention is linked to extremist violence more than a year ago.
Orissa: catechist attacked by Hindu fundamentalists found dead
Yuvraj Digal, 40, was brutally beaten by a mob of about 20 people, after which he vanished raising fears that he might have been abducted. Today his death was confirmed when his body was found.
Greater security in Orissa as Hindu extremists agree to no Christmas demonstrations
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reaches deal with a delegation of Hindu nationalist groups. In Mumbai hotels targeted in 26 November attacks re-open in ceremony attended by all major religious groups.
Orissa: burning and looting continues, Christians beaten and cut to pieces
Vikram Nayak was killed, and then cut to pieces. Two Christians die two days after suffering serious injuries. Unrest by radical Hindus continues as police is ordered to shoot on sight those who break the curfew. Two nuns who were attacked tell their stories; Catholic schools to close for a day; the faithful are called to observe a day of prayer and fasting.
EU delegation visits persecuted Christians of Orissa
Delegates are met by ultranationalist Hindus. Tomorrow they will travel to conflict-torn Kandhamal. Mgr Cheenath says things will be back to normal only when Christians can live in their homes and pray without fear.
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