Hindu extremist arrested: new hope in Orissa?
June 15, 2010
Police in India’s state of Orissa have arrested a Hindu extremist who was one of the men accused of raping a Catholic nun during a burst of violence in August 2008.
The arrest of Pandit Bishimajhi, who had eluded capture for over 18 months, awakened hopes that officials in Orissa—a state governed by the Hindu-nationalist BJP party—may finally be taking serious steps against violent extremists.
“If people have faith in the justice system, a process of reconciliation” can begin in Orissa, said Father Ajaya Singh, a spokesman for the Cuttar-Bhubaneswar archdiocese.
Bishimajhi had been a prominent member of the BJP party before he was charged with a series of violent acts during the wave of anti-Christian violence in 2008. “He organized heinous crimes,” Father Singh charged.
For all current news, visit our News home page.
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!