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Thursday, January 13, 2005

1 killed as Christian Fundamentalists Clash over Church

January 13, 2005
Bibhuti Mishra in Bhubaneswar

A simmering hostility between two groups of Christians erupted into a bloody clash that resulted in the death of one and severe injury to seven others.

Police sources revealed that there was some hostility between the Upper party and Lower party, two groups of Christians, over a Baptist church in Jhalarsingh village under Sherang police station in Gajapati district.

The church had been abandoned and nobody had gone there for either prayers or any meetings for the last fifteen years. But on Wednesday, some people of the Upper party tried to organise a meeting calling pastors from nearby Nuagarh and R Udaygiri.

On getting the hint, the Lower party people informed the police who in turn asked the Upper party not to hold meeting in the controversial church. So Amada Pani and Daniel Pani and some other people of the Upper party took the pastors away and left them at Khajuripada.

On their way back they met Ajit Gantha, Sunil Lima and some others of the Lower party. They fought with each other and in the scuffle Ajit Gantha was severely injured. He was taken to the hospital where he breathed his last.

Police said that the situation was under control.


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