Human Rights

Christians want NIA to probe Malegaon links in church attacks

All India Christian Council wants an investigation by the National Investigation Agency to ascertain if those accused of attacking Muslims in Malegaon also aided and abetted violence in Orissa and Karnataka. In this regard, a high level delegation of the council met Home Minister P Chidambaram and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and asked them to take requisite steps in order to prevent a repeat of the violence witnessed in the years 2008 and 2009.

John Dayal, chief of the council, apprised about possible threats to the minority community in the near future since many accused are still at large. A Military Intelligence report recently revealed a senior army official, Lt. Col. Prasad Srikant Purohit and his Abhinav Bharat group, targeted Christians in several places including Kandhamal and Karnataka.

The report said Purohit confessed to killing two people in Orissa. The officer reportedly made the confession when questioned by army officials over his involvement in a separate terror attack. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 11

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