Protests against attacks on Christians in Orissa

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Imphal/Bangalore, Sept 18 : Christians in Manipur took out a rally against attacks on their community members in Orissa.

Church leaders termed the attack on fellow Christians as "unfortunate."

"The churches were burnt and Christian institutions were destroyed. Christians fled in fear," said Rev. Dominic, archbishop of Manipur.

Meanwhile, Muslims took out a rally in Bangalore, condemning the violence on Christians in Orissa.

"The atrocities over Christians by the activists of Bajrang Dal and Sangh Parivar, should immediately be controlled and involved people should be punished," saidufti Ehtamulhaq, president of Karnataka Imam Council.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had asked the government to deploy four additional police battalions to protect Christians, but violence has continued.

Last month, at least 16 people, mostly Christians were killed, churches destroyed and 10,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes as violence spread in Kandhamal district of Orissa.

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