Church hand in Swami’s murder: Saffaron activists

via Pioneer News Service |Bhubaneswar published on August 24, 2008

President of Hindu Jagaran Samukhya Ashok Sahu on Sunday accused the State Government of deliberately misleading the public by giving a Maoist colour to the gruesome murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.

Sahu told reporters that for having utterly failed to give adequate security to the Swami in the face of repeated attack and imminent danger to his life and frequent letters from the Swami himself to the authorities. On December 23, he escaped a violent attack and was hospitalised with fatal injuries.

Sahu revealed quoting Swamiji that there was a meeting at Raikia Community Centre on August 9, 2008 attended by many Christian militants representing NGOs.

The conspiracy to kill the Swami was hatched in the meeting and on August 13 a threatening letter was circulated in the district and State authorities along with copies to individual targets including the Swami.

On August 22, the Swami appealed to the District Magistrate to enhance his personal security.

The news that his life was in danger had been broadcast by the media in the morning hours, but alas he was done away with in a well planned cold blooded murder by the evening before midnight in his own room.

He died on the spot along with all those four others who were with him in the spiritual discourse.

Swamiji was preventing the Kondh tribes who were targeted by the Missionaries for baptisation and was also trying to bring back the Dalit and tribal converts among Christians back to Hindu fold.

For last forty-two years Swamiji was relentlessly fighting for prevention of cow- slaughter and conversion to Christianity particularly the poor and illiterate Kondh tribes who constitute more than 50 per cent of the population in the district.

Sahu demanded a CBI enquiry into the ghastly incident and wanted the conspiracy angle to be unravelled.

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