SNS,, BHUBANESWAR, Jan. 18.
The Global Council of Indian Christians and the Bajrang Dal traded charges at separately held press conferences here today with each accusing the other on the issue of conversions. Mr Sajan K George of the Global Council of Indian Christians told reporters that the radical forces were forcibly re-converting people in gross violation of the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act.
Interestingly, Mr Sajan felt that the Kalinga Nagar police firing incident was a fallout of the hate campaign launched against missionaries in the state. The missionaries who used to provide a sense of security and dignity among the tribals are being pushed out and hence tribals are getting misguided, he said. He charged that missionaries were not being allowed entry to Kalinga Nagar.
Mr Sajan alleged that eight Christian families of Boudh district were evicted and their homes set ablaze, a pastor Dillip Dalai was killed in Nayagarh district and the families of Kilipal village in Jagatsinghpur district who had been tonsured for changing their religion are starving.
He demanded a CBI probe into all these instances. Reacting sharply to the charges, the Bajrang Dal leader Mr Subash Chouhan said his organisation will not tolerate such blatant lies being spread by missionaries. It is they who indulge in conversions by violating the law and coercing gullible tribals, he alleged.
Mr Chouhan said that missionaries should desist from such false campaigns as it may lead to unrest and unpleasant situations. He countered that there were several instances of families being victimised for not changing their religion.