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Black flags hoisted in churches in Tamil Nadu
ICC Note:
Christians in India are organizing peace rallies and raising black flags in mourning of the attack last week in Tamil Nadu. Police are investigating the incident and have arrest five people suspected of being involved. The fact that police are involved, investigating and arresting perpetrators is a welcome response.
09/10/2012 India (Christian Persecution Update)- Black flags were hoisted in as many as 150 churches including Nagercoil, Arumanai, Manjalumoodu, Melpuram, Chitharal, Karode, Kuttaicode and Melparai on Sunday in protest against the murder of Edwin Raj (29) of Nadaicavu under Nithravilai police station limits on August 26.
The police have registered cases against seven persons including the district president of BJP, C.Dharmaraj. Moreover the police have arrested five persons in this connection so far.

It may be noted that condemning the inclusion of the district president of BJP in the FIR filed in the murder of Edwin Raj, who was killed in a communal clash at Nadaicavu, the BJP cadres staged a road roko in different parts of the district recently and the police arrested 751 BJP cadres including the State president, Pon. Radhakrishnan.
However, members of the United Christian Peravai organised peace processions at Marthandam, Vetturnimadam, Puthalam, Thuckalay, Arumanai, Kulasekaram, Karungal and Nadaicavu. Even though the police had warned of stern action against those who violated the order, they conducted a peace procession.
To protest against hoisting black flags in churches, various Hindu organisations engaged in hoisting saffron flags in their houses and offered prayer in temples for long life of those who had suffered injuries in lathi-charge on arrested BJP cadres at a marriage hall at Kuzuthurai.
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