Gujarat being replayed in Orissa: Vayalar Ravi

September 1st, 2008 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kozhikode, Sep 1 (IANS) Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Monday said the Orissa government failed to stop “terror organisation” like Bajrang Dal from carrying out attacks on Christians.”What is happening in Orissa is a replay of what had taken place in Gujarat (in 2002),” Ravi told reporters here. “The violence is now spreading in the state.”

The Orissa government, he said, did not effectively use the central forces sent to the state to quell violence against Christians.

Orissa has been witnessing attacks on Christians since Aug 23, when Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and four others were killed by suspected Maoist guerrillas.

Radical Hindu groups blamed Christians for the crime because he was opposing religious conversion. Christian organisations deny these allegations.

Ravi said the Orissa government had failed to stop a “terror organisation” like Bajrang Dal, a radical Hindu group, from carrying out attacks on Christians.

The minister said that the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned organisation in the country, and the Bajrang Dal were the two sides of the same coin.

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