Bubhaneswar: A Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA has distributed Christmas greeting cards with Jesus holding a cigarette and a beer bottle in Nabarangpur district of Orissa, hurting the sentiments of the Christian community.
The greeting card has the picture of Jesus Christ with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other. Deeply offended, Christian youths called for a strike in Nabarangpur district headquarters, 20 km from Jeypore on 25 December 2010. The police declared Section 144 in Nabarangpur. “The Hindus want to create another riot and our Christian people are aware of it,” said one of the sources. The Superintendent of Police met with Christian leaders for a compromise, instead of filing a case against the MLA. In one of the clashes, one youth was taken into custody and sent to jail later. The police have deployed forces around the churches in the area as a precautionary measure.
All India Christian Council has condemned the incident and sought action against the guilty MLA.
(Source: Email from aicc leader)