Mahesh Bhatt leads delegation to condemn Orissa violence (Lead)

August 28th, 2008 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) An eight-member delegation of representatives of various religious organisations, led by noted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, met Maharashtra Governor S.C. Jamir here Thursday to condemn the attacks on Christians in Orissa and requested him to convey their sentiments to the centre.The delegation, under the banner of the All India Christian Council (AICC), requested that the central government step in to save the lives and properties of Christians. It also demanded that armed forces be rushed to Orissa and relief materials be provided to the victims of communal violence, a delegation member said.

The governor gave the delegation a patient hearing and assured them that he would convey their message to the president, prime minister and home minister.

The delegation included AICC general secretary Abraham Mathai, Father Anthony Charanghat on behalf of the Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Raza Academy general secretary M. Saeed Noori and Sikh Association office-bearer Sardar Rajinder Singh.

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