Christians fast against police desecration of church

People from various parishes too took part in the hunger strike.

Posted on September 20, 2012, 8:27 AM

Protesters gather in front of the church (Photo Courtesy: tehelka.com)

Chennai: Hundreds of Christians in Chennai yesterday observed a one-day fast against the police raid on a village church near an atomic nuclear plant in Koodankulam.

People from various parishes too took part in the hunger strike led by Archbishop A. M. Chinnappa of Madras-Mylapore.

“The police had insulted religious symbols,” the Salesian prelate said.

The gathering demanded action against police officers who permitted his men to enter the St. Lourdes Church in Idinthakarai village.

Police on Sept. 11 searched houses in the village, four kilometres away from the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, while looking for anti-nuke protesters.

They broke windows of the houses and desecrated a statue of Mother Mary in the village.

They also went into the church in the village and desecrated a statue of Mother Mary.

The village was the epicenter of the protests against the nuclear plant facility.

Source: NDTV

One-day Fast , Idinthakari Village , St. Lourdes Church , Church Desecration , Koodankulam Nuclear

 

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Odisha nun fails to identify rape accused

 

The identification parade was conducted on the orders of the Orissa high court.

Posted on September 20, 2012, 8:40 AM

 

 

Cuttack:

The Catholic nun, who was allegedly raped during the 2008 anti-Christian riots in Kandhamal, has failed to identify the two accused recently arrested in the case.

The nun could not identify the accused Narayan Mohanty and Apurva Rout during the test identification parade yesterday conducted at the Cuttack Circle Jail, Choudwar.

The identification parade was conducted on the orders of the Orissa high court.

However, crime branch officials, who arrested the duo, remained tight lipped on the matter.

The two were arrested in May. With their arrest, the number of people detained in the rape case increased to 28.

The crime branch had asked Baliguda sub-divisional judicial magistrate, where the trial of the rape case is underway, for the parade.

But the nun opposed it and had filed a petition at the Orissa high court seeking shifting of the procedure to Choudwar jail.

This was the fourth test identification parade conducted in connection with the rape case.

All the previous parades were also held at Choudwar Jail.

The first was held on January 5, 2009, second on June 23, 2009 and the third on July 31, 2010.

The nun was allegedly raped at K. Nuagaon during 2008 Kandhamal riots following the assassination of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Catholic Nun ,Orissa ,Kandhamal ,Rape Accused ,Riot ,Anti-Christian Riots
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