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Mob attacks Catholics

THE CA'THOLIC community in the east Indian state of Orissa is in shock following a new wave of violence by Hindu fundamentalists against the Church.

A group of men on motorbikes belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal fundamentalist movements have attacked churches and assaulted a nun, authorities say.

On November 21, the Hindu militants torched a Catholic church in Deogarh, west Orissa. The attack came after various acts of vandalism. The previous day, gangs wearing saffron-coloured clothes — saffron being the symbol of Hindutva ideology — demonstrated in front of the residence of the district governor and started a bonfire to burn Bibles and other Christian books.




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