Catholics threatened in Sagar village

September 22, 2017 by  
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Sagar, September 20, 2017: Some 30 Catholics in a remote mission area of Sagar dioceses live under fear after right-wing Hindu activists have asked them to flee the village or face dire consequences.

On Sept 11 night, some members of ultra right wing RSS group came to a hostel run for tribal boys and demanded to close it down, said Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar in a note.

They also threatened Father Siljo Kidangan, mission in charge, and the inmates of the hostel. The mission and hostel, under the Syro-Malabar diocese, is based in Mohanpur village in Guna district.

On the following day, a group comprising of the Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, Sarpanch, Patwari and 2 policemen came, threatened the priest and forcefully confiscated the hostel.

Bishop Chirayath said the situation there was “very serious”, the Vatican Radio reported. The bishop was on his way to the village to show solidarity with the priest and the villagers when the Vatican Radio contacted him.

Bishop Chirayath said a case regarding the ownership of the land is pending in high court. The priest has taken refuge in the nearby mission.

Mohanpur Mission was started in 1997 to reach out to the poor tribal villagers who are mostly farm laborers.

Various social work projects are undertaken in and around 40 villages by the diocesan social work department, the ‘Manav Vikas’ to help the poor.

– vatican radio

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