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(AsiaNews) – Koraput district authorities in the state of Orissa (eastern India ) have ordered the demolition of the homes of more than 100 Christian Tribals. This could further fuel inter-religious tensions in the city of Jeypore , where many fear a ‘cleansing’ campaign by Hindu fundamentalists. Although district collector Shubha Sarma ordered the immediate demolition of 109 homes belonging to Christians, the victims of the decision are certain that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu extremist paramilitary group, is behind it. Recently, the RSS set up a training camp in Jeypore that hosted Orissa Finance Minister Manmohan Samal and Water Resource Minister Rabi Nanda. Local Christians believe that Nanda, backed by Samal, is responsible for the demolition—both, they fear, intend to ‘cleanse’ the town. As soon as the order was posted, Christians tried to delay the demolition but district collector Shubha Sarma rejected their request. Instead, he ordered the deployment of police forces given the rising tensions. He also refused to speak to press. “Fundamentalists are continuously plotting schemes to instill terror in the minds of these poor folks, using psychological and economic intimidation,” Bishop Bilung said.

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