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Dara supporters threaten to kill Catholic priest

Giridhar Gopal in Bhubaneswar | September 20, 2003 22:18 IST

A group claiming to support Rabindra Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh, convicted murderer of Australia-born missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two minor sons, has threatened to kill aChristian priest in Orissa's Mayurbhanjdistrict, a district intelligence officer told today.

Members of the Dara Sena, an extremist outfit in the tribal districts of Orissa, have sent a threatening letter to Father Kuriakose, pastorof a Catholic church at Labanyadeipur in Mayurbhanj district.

Theletter contains a threat to kill the priest if Dara Singh's conviction is not reversed on Monday, September 22, the date fixed by Khurda District and Sessions Judge Mahendranath Patnaik to sentence him and 12 others convicted of the gruesome murders committed in the night of January 22, 1999.

Father Kuriakose has informed the local Sarat police station and also handed the letter over to them, the officer said. Armed policemen have been posted at the priest's residence and church till police verify whether the letter is genuine.

Mayurbhanj is the district in which Graham Staines was working with leprosy patients and where his wife Gladys Staines is continuing his work now.

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