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Hindi book on Kandhamal riots released

The killing of Swami Laxmanananda, Swami Angivesh asserted, was ‘preplanned’ by the Sangh Parivar for political gains.

New Delhi: 

Social activist Swami Agnivesh released the Hindi translation of the investigative book 'Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda?' saying the imprisonment of seven Christians for the murder is “travesty of justice.”

The book was released Aug. 23 in New Delhi at function marking the 10th anniversary of anti-Christian riots in Kandhamal along with a documentary 'Innocents Imprisoned'.

Swami Angivesh congratulated author Anto Akkara for working “hard persistently” to bring out the truth about Kandhamal.

The killing of Swami Laxmanananda, Swami Angivesh asserted, was ‘preplanned’ by the Sangh Parivar for political gains.

“The long march with the dead body of the swami (in Kandhamal) was responsible for triggering the communal flare up against Christians,” Swami Agnivesh said.

“Whatever is happening under judicial system is travesty of justice. Seven innocent people are languishing in jail,’ he added.

The twin investigative works by Akkara claim that the Kandhamal riot and imprisonment of seven innocent Christians were engineered by Sangh Parivar, who organized the contract killing of the Swami Laxmanananda for political gains.

“While the innocents suffer, the perpetrators of the crime are roaming free and have somehow attained high positions. Violence is being encouraged and such a society will only degenerate,” cautioned Mani Shankar Aiyar, former diplomat and Congress leader.

“There cannot be greater injustice than to put the blame on innocents. The appeal of the innocents is not moving forward,” lamented Aiyar pointing out that he had met the families of innocents jailed.

“The Hindus must be told that mindless communal violence - be it against Sikhs in 1984, Muslims in Gujarat 2002 or against Christians in 2008 - will only end up in destroying themselves,” pointed out Prof Apoorvananand of Delhi University who facilitated the Hindi translation by Varsha and Purwa Bhardwaj.

“Sangh Parivar had accused of me being one of the key conspirators behind the Swami’s murder. But Anto has produced the list of some of the real conspirators,” said John Dayal, outspoken Christian leader.

“It is a shame that seven innocent Christians, including a mentally challenged illiterate, are languishing in jail while real conspirators are holding high office in the country that has the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (truth along triumphs),” Akkara said concluding his presentation.


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