06/06/2020, 10.32
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Young Christian boy brutally murdered in Orissa

by Nirmala Carvalho

The condemnation "in the strongest possible terms" of the murder of an innocent man by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The police file a first information report (FIR) against the villagers

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has reported the horrendous murder of a young Christian boy (pictured) to AsiaNews.  The boy was assassinated and buried on top of a mountain, by anti-Christians, who in the past three years have fomented hatred towards Christians in the hamlets of the village of Kenduguda.

“GCIC condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of an innocent boy in the Malkangiri district of Orissa. The young man was assassinated for his Christian faith by armed radicals who continue to attack and intimidate the defenseless tribal Christians in this village of Kenduguda in the Malkangiri district of Orisssa.

The brutal murder of Sombaru took place just a month after a Christian was nearly lynched and his home ransacked. Kama Sodi was beaten so brutally that he fell to the ground, unconscious. He was repeatedly hit with sticks on the head, back and legs. He was hospitalized with serious internal and external injuries in the BSS Government hospital in Malkangiri, where he received treatment for almost a week. "

Sajan K George adds that “GCIC received this information late on the night of June 4 around 11 pm: some anti-Christian extremists with the help of villagers knocked on the door of Sombaru Madkami a 7th class student, knowing full well that his father Unga Madkami was not at home. These men were armed with sticks and other indigenous weapons. They told Sombaru to go out for a meeting. They took him, killed him and buried him on top of a mountain

Subsequently they forced elderly men to participate in a meeting, but the elderly, suspecting the danger, managed to escape. The men were armed with knives and other weapons. The escaped men reported the story to the police. Meanwhile, the village men who had fled repeatedly asked the police to investigate the boy's disappearance and the police eventually went to the village.

The police have filed a first information report (FIR) against the villagers

Police found Sombaru's body on the top of the mountain. There have been contrasts and tensions due to the conversions over the past three years. The administration is also aware of the discord in different places in the village of Kenduguda ".

Local faithful do not trust the police administration. GCIC supports Christian Malkangiri district, Christian Mancha (MDCM), a local Christian forum, calling for justice and compensation for the murder of Sombaru Madkami

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