Police target Don Bosco school over tourist’s death

June 24, 2016 by  
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Bhopal, June 24, 2016: The death of a 77-year-old U.S. citizen in central Indian Madhya Pradesh state has prompted the police to initiate an investigation into her stay in a Catholic school after right-wing Hindu activists alleged she was in the country illegally.

Church leaders in Madhya Pradesh said Judith Jean Winslow died because of an age-related illness and there was no illegality related to her staying at the Don Bosco Academy in Alirajpur, a tribal-dominated town in the state.

The police investigation follows a complaint from a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, considered the political arm of Hindu groups that works to make India a Hindu-only nation.

“The allegations are totally biased, illegal and motivated to target Christians,” said Salesian Father Stanny Fereira, rector of Don Bosco House in Alirajpur.

He said the women has been a frequent visitor to Alirajpur and during her visits she stayed at Don Bosco House.

Police Superintendent Alirajpur Kumar Saurabh told ucanews he ordered an investigation “into her stay and other activities following allegations that she stayed there without informing the police, as required by law.

– ucan

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