Demand for invoking Goonda Act on church attackers

November 8, 2012 by  
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Sangh parivar activists attacked Christians who gathered for a prayer at a church in Davangere on October 25.

File photo: Church attacked in Karnataka

File photo: Church attacked in Karnataka

Karnataka, November 7, 2012: The Bangalore unit of the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) has demanded the government to invoke the Goonda Act against those responsible for the recent attack on a church in Davangere.

“Government should extend protection to the Christian community in Davangere and withdraw the false cases against the victims of the attack,” said office bearers of Vedike.

Nagari Babaiah of KKSV said sangh parivar activists attacked Christians who gathered for a prayer at a church in Davangere on October 25.

Over 20 persons, including women and children, were injured.

“The police watched the attack helplessly,” he said.

Babaiah alleged that instead of acting against the culprits, the police asked the church authorities to suspend the prayer and registered cases against a pastor and a college student.

Attributing the attack to the release of those arrested in connection with previous cases of church attacks, Babaiah alleged that the police were in hand in glove with the sangh parivar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state had withdrawn cases against 560 people allegedly involved in creating communal disturbance in the state.

Though similar incidents had been reported from Bangalore, the police were not acting against them, he alleged.

Anand Kumar, an office bearer of KKSV, claimed that the Christian community was living under fear after the BJP government came to power in the state.

“The sangh parivar was attacking institutions run by the minorities with an eye on the assembly elections,” he said.

Similar incidents had been reported from Belur, Arkalgud and Arsikere in Hassan district. But the police has not taken any action, he added.

– the hindu

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