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(BosNewsLife) – Security forces in Orissa were preparing for a new period in their history Wednesday, June 29, after the government appointed a Christian as the new police chief of the tense Indian state. In a statement obtained by the BosNewsLife Orissa Bureau, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Suchit Das, who converted to Christianity, would be “the new Director General of Police of Orissa.” The announcement was expected to be welcomed by Christian advocacy groups, who have accused police of not doing enough to end what they see as growing Hindu violence against individual believers, church leaders and missionaries. However the influential Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a nationalist Hindu party, reportedly expressed “reservations” about the planned appointment of Das he is a Christian convert. But its objections were overruled by chief minister Patnaik, BosNewsLife established.