Seven Christians languish in jail for 10 years

Oct. 4 marked 10th anniversary of the arrest of the three of the seven people accused of murdering Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.

Kochi: The online campaign seeking release of seven Christians of Kandhamal, jailed for their alleged role in Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati’s murder, is gaining ground.

Journalsit-turned-social activist Anto Akkara, who launched the online drive, said that their illegal confinement in the jail, “is a blot on the judicial system of the country”.

According to Akkara, Oct 4 marks 10th anniversary of the arrest of the three persons, who were sentenced by the court.

“On this occasion, a programme was organized in Kochi, which was called off due to technical reasons,” Akkara said.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had released a book — Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda? — written by Akkara’s in 2016, in which he exposes the Sangh Parivar conspiracy to frame seven innocent persons.

Despite producing evidence on the role of high-profile persons, the innocent Christians continue to languish in jail since 10 years, Akkara pointed out.

About travesty of justice in Kandhamal, Akkara said Durjo Sunamajhi, one of the accused, was on a Kerala-bound train to work in the canteen of Lissie Hospital in Ernakulam with his nephew on the day Swami Laxmanananda was murdered. Later, Durjo was convicted by the court, Akkara said.

Despite 71,600 persons signing the online petition, the innocents, including mentally challenged Munda Badamajhi, contimnue to languish in the jail, Akkara noted.

“It’s a shame for the nation that the appeal of the innocents challenging their questionable conviction of 2013 has been dragging on in the Odisha High Court for five years,” Akkara lamented.

Source: UCAN

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