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Reports of violence in the diocese of Sambalpur

n Padampur of Bargarh district, Fr. Edward Sequeira was attacked and was beaten up brutally. He survived with serious head injury and recovering in Burla Medical College. The institution, which caters to children of people affected by Leprosy, was attacked and burnt. Rajani Majhi 20 year old, which took care of the children in the institute and was also studying in Padampur Women's College was burnt alive. There were 19 children staying in the hostel. Her body was buried yesterday with the presence of her father and local administration.

From: Ronnie Pereira
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 2:25 PM
Subject: Orissa updates on recent violence

Dear Friends, Greetings! I am sending you some up dates on recent Orissa violence against Christian community. Let pray for the peace and harmony in Orissa.

Ronnie

In Sambalpur district, Hand Maid Sister's residence of Ainthapalli suffered damage when protesters pelted stones at their building and vehicle. Badibahal church near Jamankira was stoned by the mob. But police was following the crowd, so no much damage. The same crowd moved to Gudrapara church shouting slogans but could enter the church compound.

Catholic Church, Madhupur was attacked in spite of the police protection at 5 p.m. on 25th August destroying completely the church, presbytery and the convent. However, they did not destroy the hostels and the school. Fr. Basil, Parish Priest, Fr. George Soreng, Hostel In charge, workers, sisters and the 200 hostel children managed to escape unhurt. Later they were given shelter in Bargarh for the night. Children have been sent back to their homes. There is a constant fear among the residents of the campus.

A Roman Catholic cemetery was damaged by an irate mob in Sambalpur town. The mob also pelted the stones at the Oriya Baptist Church near G.M College. Burning of motorbike belonging to a pastor Pravakar Munna, ransacking of a prayer house in Chiplima and attempt to attack a mission institution were also reported.

On 26th about 5 p.m. 2 protestant churches at Kutenpali and Pandarani under Loisingha Police Station of Bolangir district are destroyed completely. The attack is believed to be by the local people.

There is a constant threat from different corners and the Christian community especially the members in the institutions and the churches are tensed. Anything can happen any time.