( IRFT Newswire ).The central Indian government of Narendra. Modi is in doldrums when the race relations are concerned, said Fr. Joseph Varghese, Executive Director of Institute for Religious Freedom and Tolerance(IRFT). He was addressing a report of communal tension in Orissa state of India at the 7 year anniversary of Christian massacre. There was no true reconciliation effort from the government of Orissa or the central government of India, Fr Joseph added.
Seven years after the violent anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (Orissa State) in 2008, the killers of Rajesh Digal, burned alive by a mob of Hindu nationalists as he returned from work, remain at large and unknown.Asmitha Digal’s wife is still waiting for some form of compensation and the restitution of her husband’s remains. His body was thrown into a river to cover the traces of the crime.
This is according to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), is providing financial and legal support to the families of victims of the most violent episode of persecution against Christians ever recorded in the country.
Violence broke out in 2008 in Orissa following the death of Laxamananda Saraswati, a leader in Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu ultranationalist group, who was killed by a Marxist group.
Although Marxist rebels claimed responsibility for the murder from the start, Hindu activists turned their anger against the Christian minority, especially Dalits and Adivasi, in Kandhamal District.
As a result of the pogrom, 55,000 Christians fled. Some 5,600 homes in 415 villages were plundered and set on fire. According to government figures, 38 people were killed, two women were gang-raped and many people were left permanent physical injuries due to torture.
In August 2008, Rajesh, a local Christian, was returning home from work when he was blocked by a crowd of radical Hindus. The crowd surrounded him and ordered the man to confess his religious affiliation.
Since Rajesh did not deny his Christian faith, the group attacked him and took his bag, in which there was his personal Bible. At the sight of the sacred text, the mob started beating him savagely, until he was unconscious.
The radicals then dug a pit and threw Rajesh, who was still alive, into it setting him on fire. When the man cried out in agony, his murderers replied: “Call your God. He will save you.”
Victims of the 2008 Anti-Christian riots that swept across India’s Odisha state remain without justice. Seven years ago, anti-Christian violence swept across the Kandhamal district of Odisha. Mobs of Hindu radicals moved from village to village, attacking Christian homes, businesses, and places of worship. As a result, over 50,000 Christians were displaced and and 38 were murdered according to government figures. Still, many of the victims of this terrible violence have gone without justice. Please pray for these victims.