INDIA - Orissa: Hindu politician convicted for involvement in anti-Christian pogrom, released on bail [AN]

Accused in a number of murders and acts of vandalism, Manoj Pradhan is now a free man after the Orissa High Court accepted his application for bail. On 29 June, a lower court had sentenced him to seven years in prison for murder. “This decision will undermine the peace process on Kandhamal District,” says a spokesman and lawyer for the Diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar.

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