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14 arrested by Orissa police for “unlawful conversion”

Orissa police have arrested 14 persons in connection with unlawful religious conversions at Mayurbhanj district in Orissa on 30 March.  Dayal Gangwar, SP of Mayurbhanj said, “All were booked under Section 4 of the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967.” Orissa is the first state where the law was enacted against illegal conversion. The police are also in search of the Pastor behind the conversion. The police arrested these people on receiving a complaint from the local people. Christians have condemned the arrest and also demanded a fair probe to be ordered by Naveen Patnaik, chief minister of the state.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 19

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