Mi­nori­ties body show­cases film on plight of seven pris­on­ers

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Mi­nori­ties Com­mis­sion (DMC) on Thurs­day show­cased a doc­u­men­tary at the Delhi Sec­re­tar­iat based on the plight of seven in­no­cent pris­on­ers lan­guish­ing for last 10 years.

The Hindi ver­sion of doc­u­men­tary ‘In­no­cent Im­pris­oned’ was re­leased by Delhi So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Ra­jen­dra Pal Gau­tam, at the event or­gan­ised by DMC and at­tended by Delhi Mi­nor­ity Com­mis­sioner Dr Zafrul Is­lam Khan.

The doc­u­men­tary showed seven in­no­cents in jail, four of whom are trib­als and three Dal­its. One of the pris­on­ers is a men­tally chal­lenged per­son, sen­tenced to death for killing Swami Lax­manananda in Kand­hamal, Odisha.

Gau­tam said that jus­tice should be given to these in­no­cent peo­ple, who have been jailed for the last ten years with­out any rea­son.

The cam­paign was started by jour­nal­ist-au­thor Anto Akkara, who wrote the book ‘Who Killed Swami Lax­manananda?’. The mur­der was promptly touted as a ‘Christian con­spir­acy’ by rightwing or­gan­i­sa­tions, call­ing for re­venge on Chris­tians and declar­ing that Chris­tian­ity was banned in Kand­hamal. Nearly 100 Chris­tians were killed while 300 churches were dam­aged in the re­sul­tant ri­ots.

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