Three of the men as they are let out of prison.
Three of the men as they are let out of prison.
Dec 19, 2019 • India

Five Remaining Orissa Prisoners Freed

The five remaining men accused of killing a Hindu leader that sparked massive sectarian riots in Odisha (Orissa) state were freed on bail by order of the Supreme Court after 11 years in prison. The Supreme Court of India ordered that the five men be granted bail on Nov. 26, and the men were freed earlier this month. Buddhadev Nayak, Bhaskar Sunamajhi, Durjo Sunamajhi, Sanatan Badamajhi and Munda Badamajhi were arrested in 2008. Two others arrested alongside them, Gornath Chalanseth and Bijaya Sanaseth, obtained bail in May and June respectively. The seven were arrested in the aftermath of anti-Christian riots in Kandhamal district that killed 120 people and displaced 55,000 Christians. Though the men are out on bail, their case is still pending. Thank God that the men will be home with their families for Christmas, and pray for resolution in their case.

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