Mangalore: Holy Hill attack pre-planned, will take strict action – Political leaders

June 27, 2012 by  
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Mangalore, June 26, 2012: Yogish Bhat, deputy speaker of legislative assembly on Tuesday June 26 condemned the attack on Holy Hill by miscreants on the night of Sunday June 24, and said strict action will be taken to trace the miscreants.

Addressing reporters after paying a visit to Holy Hill, he said, “I have asked police commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh to take up the investigation immediately and seriously. I cannot tolerate such acts that degrade holy places and hurt the sentiments of the faithful, especially in my constituency.”

Condemning the attack, he said that the district was peaceful for more than a year. “Detailed inquiry will be carried out not only to trace the miscreants but also to find out the intention behind the attack,” he assured.

Accusing the Sangh Parivar, senior Congress leader Janardhan Poojary after his visit to Holy Hill said, “The incident is purely deliberate and pre-planned. By their action, they have disrupted peace and the sanctity of the place. The incident is a great stain on democracy is aimed at provoking communal disharmony.”

“I have experienced a lot of pain from the consequences of such incidents earlier. Therefore, acts like these should not recur in the future. I request the law and police department to take up proper investigation immediately,” he said.

He also requested mayor Gulzar Banu, who was also present, to provide help from the city corporation. In addition, he said, “This place (Holy Hill) is so calm and peaceful; the city corporation should take steps to improve it and make it a pilgrimage centre.”

Deepak Poojary, opposition leader of MCC, Naveen D’Souza, Nagendra Kumar, corporators were also present.

Denis D’Silva, president of International Federation of Karnatka Christian Associations (IFKCA) requested the leaders to take appropriate legal action and ensure safety to churches in the future.

– daijiworld

Miscreants vandalize hill shrine


Mangalore, Jun 26, 2012: The private shrine is frequented by a large number of non-Catholics too.

Miscreants have vandalized a private Holy Cross shrine at Nagori near Mangalore.

On Saturday night they destroyed flower pots and decorations and pulled out electrical wirings, lights and switch boards of the shrine, set up 14 years ago.

It was noticed Sunday morning when a volunteer opened the gate and a complaint was lodged with the police.

Every evening more than 60 people, including Hindus, come for special prayers after which the shrine is closed, said Paul Rodrigues the founder of the shrine Monday.

Police commissioner Seemanth Kumar and other police officials visited the spot with sniffer dogs.

“The intelligence department has asked us either to install closed circuit cameras on the hill shrine or to arrange for night security,” said Rodrigues.

Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore has condemned the attack.

“The attacks on Christians have not stopped in-spite of our continuous appeals to the government authorities,” said diocesan spokesperson Father William Menezes after visiting the shrine.

In 2008, 24 Christian institutions were attacked. Ever since such incidents have been continuing in the state.

– ucan

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