Kolkata (PTI):Christians on Friday took out a procession here demanding protection for the members of the community and churches in violence-torn areas in Orissa's Kandhamal and Bargarh districts.
Protesters, under the banner of Bangiya Christiya Pariseba, an apex body of Christians, assembled near Utkal Bhavan and demanded immediate deployment of military and para-military forces to control the situation.
They held placards reading 'CM, answer why Christians are being persecuted in Orissa'.
The group said organisations involved in "anti-national" activities should be banned and submitted memoranda to the Resident Commissioner of Utkal Bhavan, addressed to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Governor and Chairman of National Human Rights Commission.
All Church-run schools remained closed in West Bengal as part of protests against alleged attack on Christians in parts of Orissa.