Displaced christians in Kandhmal to march Parliament: GCIC

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 4(UNI) Over 1500 christians, displaced in the wake of Kandhmal violence, will march to Parliament demanding 'stateless people' status if they were not rehabilitated by March 15, Global Council of Indian Christians(GCIC) announced here today.

Addressing newspersons, GCIC National President Sajan K George said ever since the December 25 communal violence in Kandhmal nearly 372 Christian families from Barakhama village have been staying in relief camps.

'' These families had attempted at least six times to return to their village, but were prevented by the Hindu radicals who have threatened them with dire consequences if they again settled in the village,'' Mr George said.

He blamed the state government, the district administration and the police for failing in their duty to protect the lives of the displaced Christians.

The GCIC National President said the Council had served an ultimatum to the Kandhmal district authority to rehabilitate the affected christian families by March 15, repair their damaged houses and arrest the criminals involved in the ghastly incident or else they would march to Parliament to stage demonstration.

The GCIC, he said, would also demand that these Christians be declared as 'stateless'.

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