Justice for 7 Innocents of Kandhamal

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Seven innocent Christians from remote Kandhamal district in Odisha state of India were convicted to life imprisonment in 2013 for the mysterious murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008. These innocent Christians - six of them illiterates including a mentally challenged – had been fraudulently charged with the murder touted as a Christian conspiracy.

Following the murder, nearly 100 Christians had been killed, and 300 churches and 6,000 Christian houses plundered during orchestrated violence that continued for weeks. Hindu mobs - most of them illiterate - had been incited to take revenge on Christians after the Swami’s body was paraded across Kandhamal for two days along zigzag routes.

A third judge of the trial court - after two judges were transferred - abruptly convicted the 7 Christians to life imprisonment on the basis of a fabricated Christian conspiracy theory without hardly any credible evidence. In mid-2015, two senior police officials - who had relied upon the same conspiracy theory to ensure the conviction of the accused - testified before the judicial enquiry commission that the allegations were false.

The investigative book ‘Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda?’ EXPOSES with documentary evidence that the Christian conspiracy propaganda was a fraud and the murder was planned at the highest level and executed by contract killers on Hindu festival night of Janmashtami to target the Christians for political gain.

After the Odisha High Court rejected the bail applications of these seven a second time in Dec 2018, they moved the Supreme Court of India which granted bail to them, facilitating their release in December 2019 after eleven years behind bars.

However, the appeal of the seven innocents against their questionable conviction has been pending before the Odisha High Court for over six years.

Hence, I urge the Chief Justice of India, Odisha High Court and other constitutional authorities to end the travesty of justice and acquit the seven innocents...

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