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80 Tribals converted to Christianity in Odisha

Rourkela, Dec 29: The religion conversion issue still continues here in Odisha despite several criticism and debates. At least 80 tribals were allegedly converted to Christianity in Balisuda village in Sundargarh district of Odisha.

"We have information about the alleged conversion (on December 25). I have sent there a team that consists of Sub-Collector of Bonai, Surendra Kumar Mina. They are investigating the case and verifying the facts...," District Collector Bhupinder Singh Poonia said on Saturday.

Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) M Pradhan of K Balang Police Station, who is leading the probe into this case, said "The villagers of Balisuda, led by Panduramn Munda, ward member of Darjing gram panchayat, have submitted a written complaint in this regard. It has been accepted as a station diary and we are investigating it."

The question must disturb some group of people who are spreading chaos in the name of secularism that if the BJP-led central government could be blamed for the religious conversion issue following the incident in Agra where 57 Muslim families embraced Hinduism through a ritual organised by RSS wings, why not the BJD-led state government to take the blame for this continuous conversions in Odisha?

-PTI

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