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Mayhem in Mangalore – Churches Attacked

Posted by jytmkh on September 15, 2008

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Mangalore Sept 14, 2008: Following the attacks on prayer halls in the coastal districts, the Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa will be arriving in Udupi to review the law and order situation in the coastal districts.

The Chief Minister who was on his visit to  Mysore condemned the attack on prayer halls and said that all those who are involved in attacks of prayer halls will be brought to books. “Nobody is above law, irrespective of cast and creed the culprits will be punished” he said adding that if there was a need, he had even instructed the IG(Western Range) to book the culprits under Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA).

Expressing shock over the incidents, the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh called Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to take stock of the situation and initiate immediate steps to provide protection to religious places in the state.

The places of worship which were attacked in DK included Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Monastery, Christ Church at Kodikal near Mangalore, Believers Church of India at Puttur, Mahima Prathanalaya and Indian Pentecostal both at Madanthyar and Bethesda Aradanalaya at Sullia. In Chikumagalur, miscreants attacked Yavana Swami church at Magodu village, and Time and Paul Gospel Harvest prayer hall at Koppa. In  Udupi district, New Life prayer hall located behind KSRTC bus stand was attacked apart from two other prayer halls at Shiroor and Kollur.

According to the Mangalore police more than 30 people were injured in the incidents in Mangalore including policemen and eight vehicles were damaged.

The modus operandi of well orchestrated attacks by suspected Bajrang Dal activists at all places was similar in that a groups involving 20-25 activists ransacked into the prayer halls between 10:00 am and 10.30 am and have desecrated the statues of Jesus Christ and damaged the furnitures.

The state convener of Bajrang Dal Mahendra Kumar in a press statement has stated that the attack was targeted at the New Life groups and not on the Catholic churches.

KPCC President Mallikarjun Kharge, while condemning the attack demanded the resignation of State Home minister V S Acharya, who belonged to the district.

Accusing the BJP Govt of backing the Hindu fundamentalists, Kharge said “it is clear that BJP is behind the attacks by supporting these fundamentalists like Bajrang Dal and creating communal unrest in the society by dividing the communities over religion.”

Kharge demanded that the Home Minister should quit for failing to give protection to the minorities in his own district. “I demand the arrest of all Bajrang Dal activists and all culprits be brought to book,” he said.

Home Minister Acharya has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state ever since the BJP has come to power, Kharge charged.

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2 Responses to “Mayhem in Mangalore – Churches Attacked”

  1. Francis said

    CM Yeduyurappa undoubtedly is following the Gujarat model, there can be nothing as clear as this. Police have refused to act and in fact shielded and let the BJP Hindu terrorists escape.

    Know that Gujaratis in other countries got it, they lost their property, savings of several years. The same may go for the major castes in Karnataka. Brahmins, Gowdas and Lingayats are the main BJP supporters. What if All Christians whenever they get a chance ensure you contact, write to ban these chaps in the West. Will it not staqrt with the BJP upper class Brahmins.

    What if it is ensured they are not given preference AND MOST OF ALL NOT ALLOWED TO RUN THEIR BJP CAMPAIGN FROM THE WEST.
    Will this not take off and go in other directions?

    Do Kannadigas want to take the risk what CM Yeduyurappa said that he is following the Gujarat model. Gujarat apart from producing cheap, duplicate stuff also has produced the largest terrorists.

    Are the uneducated BJP Hindus aware that Islam & Christianity both share the same holy book (the first half). Should the Christians too indulge in violence, it can dwarf what is going on.

  2. VARAD said

    could i see the pic that was shown on front pages of newspapers on monday which showed groups of people ransacking shops and businesses of hindus …………

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