New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Wednesday asked the Orissa government to protect the Christian community and its institutions that have come under attack in the state on Christmas day and its eve.
Condemning the “organised attacks” against the community and its institutions in Kandhamal district the state, the CPI-M politburo said the culprits responsible for the incident should be arrested immediately.
One person was killed and more than 25 were injured in the violence in the Kandhamal area Monday evening and Tuesday. According to Orissa police the clashes followed differences between Hindu tribals and Christians over Christmas celebrations.
“The Orissa state government and district administration failed to take adequate steps to protect the minority community,” the politburo said in a statement.
“On Christmas eve and Christmas day, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) mobs burnt down 15 churches and destroyed property in Christian educational institutions.
“Kandhamal district has been for years the target of communal activities against the Christian community,” the statement pointed out.