April 13, 2018

India: Seven innocent Christians from Kandhamal district in Odisha are languishing in jail following the mysterious murder of Swami Laxmanananda in 2008

 from: justice4 kandhamal <justice4kandhamal@gmail.com>
Kandhamal - a BLOT on Indian judicial system 

Seven innocent Christians from remote Kandhamal district in Odisha state of India are languishing in jail following the mysterious murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008. These innocent Christians - six of them illiterates including a mentally challenged - were convicted in 2013 for the murder touted as a Christian conspiracy.

Following the Hindu leader's murder, nearly 100 Christians had been killed and 300 churches and 6,000 Christian houses plundered and torched rendering 56,000 homeless in unabated violence that continued for weeks. Hindu masses - most of them illiterate - had been incited to take revenge on the Christians after the slain Swami's body was paraded across Kandhamal for two days along zigzag route.

A third judge of the trial court - after two judges were transferred – convicted the accused Christians to life imprisonment for the Swami’s murder in 2013 on the basis of a fabricated Christian conspiracy theory. The seven convicts constituted the ‘second batch of killers’, arrested by the police after the ‘first batch killers’ - seven Christians who had been detained for 40 days and let off after the ‘news’ of Christian conspiracy was publicised across the nation. In mid 2015, two top police officials - who had relied upon the same conspiracy theory to ensure the conviction of the accused - have testified before the Kandhamal judicial Inquiry commission that the allegations were false.

Yet, the hearing on the appeal of the innocent convicts has been pending in the Odisha High Court. Hence, I urge the Chief Justice of India, Odisha High Court and other constitutional authorities to end the travesty of justice and release the seven innocents...

Lend your voice to the voiceless by signing the online petition at www.release7innocents.com
Kindly sign and share the petition.....Satyameva Jayate!

Note: Anto Akkara who has made 25 trips to Kandhamal in the pursuit of truth and justice has been anchoring the unique campaign that was launched in New Delhi on March 3, 2016 in the presence of the illiterate wives of the innocents at the Constitution Club of India with a host of dignitaries. 

The journalist author brought out the revised edition of the nationally acclaimed book ‘Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda?’ on December 28, 2017 in New Delhi. Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar and leaders of opposition political parties highlighted the judicial farce and travesty of justice in Kandhamal exposed by the book, leading to news headlines like Book questions conviction of Christians in Kandhamal violence, Not silence, time to preserve liberated India, says Kuldip NayarQuestions Over Alleged Cover-Up of Kandhamal Killings