It is no coincidence that this crime occurred on the eve of Christmas. In fact the celebration of Christmas 2007 gave rise to the first attacks against Christian churches and homes in the district of Kandhamal. Unfortunately it was just a prologue: after the killing of Hindu leader Saraswati Laxmanananda August 23, 2008 - a new terrible wave of persecution was unleashed that lasted two and a half months, with serious consequences that last to this day.
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Rabindra Parichaa, a well known figure among the Christians of Kandhamal. "Rabindra Parichaa was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kandhamal in Banjanagar. Earlier this year two Christian activists, Saul Pradhan and Michael Nayak were killed in the Raikia Block and authorities, in complicity with the Hindu radicals, have passed the deaths off as accidents. But both police versions were dismissed in court, "he said, and added:" The murder, so close to Christmas, is a strategic move by extremists to create a climate of fear among Christians in Kandhamal. The first wave of anti-Christian violence broke out at Christmas. The killing of Rabindra Parichaa evokes memories of Black Christmas of 2007 when activists of the VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad, a Hindu radical party, ed) set fire to churches and other Christian institutions and Christian homes. These acts were followed by an attempt at genocide, the attempt to exterminate Christians and tear apart the social fabric of the district. "