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Christians to Patnaik: Have a secular heart

india Updated: Oct 17, 2008 00:51 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

A Birthday greeting, reminding him of his “Raj Dharma”, came Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s way as he turned 62 on Thursday.

Bombay Catholic Sabha president Dolphy D’Souza said in his emailed message: “We were happy to observe your statement: ‘My every bone is secular and none of my bones is broken yet.’ Not only your bones sir, your heart also needs to be secular. Then we will see the difference at the ground level, which is still not happening as people continue to be terrorised and dishoused. …please reach out to the suffering citizens of your state, their only crime being that they’re Christians and restore their dignity and their homes. You are supposed be their protector and guide and hence fulfil your Raj Dharma without any fear or favour…”

Party colleagues and citizens visited the CM’s residence in the morning to greet him on his birthday, a low-key affair.

On Wednesday night, there were some tense moments when 30 CRPF personnel were detained by tribals in Tikabali, 34km from Phulbani, in Kandhamal district. The men had rushed to the village after a phone call said some houses were torched. The call was a hoax and the CRPF men were back at the base camp.

Nun seeks CBI probe

The nun who was raped in Kandhamal district on August 25 has sent a letter to the CM, saying she would join the probe only if the CBI would look into the matter, sources told HT.

Fresh clues in Swami killing

The Orissa Crime Branch has found new evidence on the involvement of Maoists in the killings of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four other VHP leaders. “After the December 2007 riots in Kandhmal, Maoists had visited villages where they urged victims to step up their own protection by joining hands with them,” sources said.