Rel conversion cause of social unrest in Kandhamal-Puri: Maharaja

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 2 (UNI) Gajapati Maharaja of Puri Dibya Singh Dev and several Hindu leaders today alleged that systematic campaign to convert the native tribals to Christianity and the slaughter of cows had led to social unrest in Kandhamal in Orissa.

Addressing newspersons here, they demanded stern action against individuals and organisations undertaking social and other activities with the overt and covert objective of carrying out religious conversions.

These organisations, Mr Dibya Singh Dev said, should be banned in the state. This apart, the state government, must strictly enforce the provisions of Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967, and enact suitable ammendments in the Act to more effectively prevent exploitation of poverty, illiteracy and innocence of the ribals for carrying out the religious conversion.

The process of conversion and the cow slaughter were acting like fuel and igniting fire, hurting the religious sentiments and fomenting communal tension in Kandhamal, they said and urged the state government to strictly enforce the provisions of the Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1980.

The Gajapati Maharaja of Puri and other Hindu leaders also appealed to the state government to order an impartial, fair and speedy proceedings to unravel the truth behind the barbaric act of killing of Swami Laxmananada and four of his disciples on the Janmastami day and provide exemplary punishment to the guilty.

They further appealed to the government to enquire as to whether adequate security was provided to the Swami who had apprehended threat to his life and was assaulted several times in the past.

They demanded strong action against the officer and employees found guilty of negligence and breach of duty.

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