[The Christian Post] 24 Feb 2009--Nearly four months after tension in riot-hit Kandhamal, Orissa, India, had subsided, the murder of a Christian last week has raised eyebrows on the security of Christians and claims of "normalcy."
On Feb. 19, the body of Hrudayananda Nayak, 40, was found in a jungle near his home village of Rudangia, in Kandhamal district.
Local people claimed that Nayak, a Christian, was living in relief camps after violence broke out in the district. However, a day after his return to the village, he was killed.
"Somebody may have hit him on the head, causing his death," District Superintendent of Police S. Praveen Kumar said.
Rabindra Parichha, a social activist, claimed that Nayak, among other Christian leaders, was on the hit list of Hindu radicals.
Nayak, he said, was the fourth Christian to be abducted and killed after violence ebbed down by the end of October.
“The state should take strong action against the culprits," Parichha said.