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(BosNewsLife) – The Communist Party of India (CPI) and other opposition groups in Orissa urged the Indian prime minister Monday, May 30, to ban a scheduled massive distribution of sharp weapons among Hindu militants amid fears of more violence against Christians. The appeal came after the Hindu fundamentalist group Biswa Hindu Parishad and its paramilitary wing Bajrang Dal announced they would organize new weapons distribution parties for thousands of supporters in the tense eastern state. In a statement monitored by BosNewsLife, the parties said they “decided to meet Prime Minister of India Dr. Manomohan Singh demanding [a] ban” on what are known as Trishul Dishka, or Trident Distribution Parties. The CPI said it had also joined forces with the main opposition party in Orissa’s parliament and other groups to “urge the state government to step up efforts to end the activities of Hindu militants.” In addition student organizations supporting Christians are organizing protests against the

militant activities of Hindu groups. The Orissa Secretary of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), Nishikant Mishra, told BosNewsLife that his organization “will protest further weapons distribution at any place of the state.”