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Bajrang Dal involved in Karnataka communal violence: Home Ministry

Posted by jytmkh on September 27, 2008

NEW DELHI: Days after directing Orissa to take immediate steps to contain violence against Christians in the state, the Centre on Thursday sent another strict missive to it asking it to ensure that “the prevailing situation of lawlessness” in some areas is effectively brought under control.

The strongly worded note was sent by Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta to the state chief secretary in the wake of reports of fresh violence in the riot-hit Kandhmal. The earlier message was sent to Orissa on September 19 when the Centre had directed other states, including Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, as well to take immediate measures to end the violence.

As usual, the home ministry remained silent on whether the fresh missive was sent under Article 355 or not – a constitutional provision which empowers the Centre to direct states on taking concrete action during internal disturbances.

The fresh missive to Orissa came on a day when a Central team, which visited Karnataka on a fact-finding mission in the wake of violence against the Christian community, indicted Bajrang Dal for vandalizing churches, prayer halls and schools and pointed out that lapses on the part of the police and the local administration could aggravate the situation further.

Although the team in its report to the home ministry mentioned that the state remained has peaceful in the past four days, it highlighted that there was a “sense of uneasiness” in Karnataka and the Christian community was “visibly upset and unhappy” over the recent communal violence there. Special secretary (internal security) M L Kumawat, who led the two-member team to Karnataka, said: “Alleged Bajrang Dal elements were involved in vandalising churches, prayer halls and schools.”

The team found that violent protests on September 15 following the desecration of churches in Mangalore made the cops, who were mostly fresh recruits, impatient. (Time Of India)


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Cops incited attacks on Christians: Probe

Posted by jytmkh on September 19, 2008

A fact-finding team assessing attacks against Christians in Karnataka has held the state government “directly responsible for allowing violence to spread”.

The team’s investigations revealed that first churches and schools were attacked, said Harcharan Singh Josh, the fact-finding team and National Commission for Minorities (NCM) member. These attacks were “followed by male policemen beating up innocent women and children (as) the top state officials and ministers remained mute spectators”.

The fact-finding team also found the pattern of attacks similar to those in Orissa.

“The Bajrang Dal’s role has been established and we’d apprise the Centre of our findings,” Josh said.

The observations against Bajrang Dal came on a day when the Centre turned the heat on organisations responsible for attacks on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka.

The report is expected to strengthen the case for a central directive under Article 355 of the Constitution to Karnataka and Orissa. The Centre has been worried at the “inability or reluctance” of the two states to take effective steps, a senior government official said.

Girija Vyas, another team member and chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said the state police’s role was “shocking and shameful”. During its tour of the worst-affected district, Mangalore, the team concluded that “there was no law and order in the state”.

“Violence against a particular community has been allowed to spread to three districts without any provocation. Statues of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary were desecrated. Could all this have happened without the state government’s role?” asks Josh.

Vyas said the attacks against Christians that began in Mangalore had now spread to Kolar, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur. The team, which also included National Commission for Minorities Chairman SY Qureshi, will submit its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week.

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