India: police confirm Maoists killed Hindu leader; death sparked anti-Christian violence
Catholic World News - May 11, 2011
Police investigators in India's troubled Orissa state have confirmed that Maoists were responsible for the 2008 killing of a prominent Hindu-nationalist leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.
The death of the Hindu leader touched off a wave of violence directed at the Christian minority in Orissa, who were originally blamed by militants for the killing. More than 100 Christians were killed, and as many as 40,000 driven from their homes, before the mob violence subsided.
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Posted by: Joseph Paul -
May. 12, 2011 7:38 AM ET USA
The Muslims did jump up and claim credit but they didn't reveal themselves publicly of course. The Hindu zealots chose to ignore the Muslim claim as they really wanted to smash the Christians and used the assassination as an excuse. The local police stood by and watched it all happen.
Posted by: rpp -
May. 11, 2011 6:31 PM ET USA
This is so very sad; all that misdirected hate and violence. I suppose I am not surprised that the Muslims did not jump up and claim credit.