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September 15, 2008

Arrests over India church attacks

Arrests over India church attacks

A church attacked by a mob in Karnataka on 14 September 2008

The attacks on churches were reported from two districts

Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have arrested over 60 people in connection with attacks on churches and clergymen over the weekend.

More than a dozen churches were ransacked by alleged activists of the radical Hindu group Bajrang Dal.

The Bajrang Dal claims that Hindus are being illegally converted to Christianity in the area.

Last month, anti-Christian violence in the eastern Orissa state led to the deaths of at least 20 people.

‘Social disharmony’

The police in Karnataka say that churches were attacked by mobs in the districts of Udupi and Chikmagalur on Sunday.

Over 60 people have been detained after outraged Christian groups protested and called for a shutdown in the coastal city of Mangalore, which is the worst affected by the violence.

Last month more than 2,000 schools run by Christian organizations in Karnataka shut down for a dayin protest against the anti-Christian violence in Orissa.

Karnataka is ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which has close ties with the Bajrang Dal.

“The BJP is responsible for the attacks. It is creating social disharmony,” the main opposition Congress party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Orissa rampage

Meanwhile in Orissa two more people were killed and 12 injured when police opened fire on a rioting mob in Kandhamal district on Saturday.

Protests against attacks on Christians in Orissa

Orissa has been rocked by anti-Christian violence

The district has seen large scale violence since 24 August in which at least 20 people have been killed and dozens of churches and thousands of houses torched.

Saturday evening’s incident took place at Kurtamgarh village where a mob went on the rampage burning houses and prayer halls.

When security forces tried to disperse the crowd, somebody from the crowd shot and injured a policeman, the police said.

The police say they were forced to open fire, resulting in the deaths of two people.

On Friday night, six houses and a Christian prayer house were torched by a mob in Kandhamal district, the police said.

The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the violence in Orissa as a “national disgrace”.

Correspondents say Hindu groups have long accused Christian priests of bribing poor tribes and low-caste Hindus to change their faith.

Christians say lower-caste Hindus convert willingly to escape the Hindu caste system.

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3 Comments »

  1. Christians are truly concerned for the Indian people (not to take advantage of them)… reaching to all including what Indian society often considers their lowest. Christians,please pray that those perpetrating the violence against our Christian Brothers and Sisters will be calmed so that they too may see the love of Christ.

    Comment by MC — September 16, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  2. There is WELL PLANNED AND SERIOUS CONSPIRACY going on against a Dedicated,Straight forward politician and popular CM Mr.Yeddyurappa. It is the Itching time for many of his opponents and they found as always it is easy to tarnish image of BJP as communal if there are some incidents they could prop up like this.No Media..No Pseudo Secualr Politicians,No so called Intellectuals are raising their voice against the illegal Religious conversion of poor and abusing of Hindu Gods and Vedas in this country.Congress politicians in Delhi and Karnataka can’t digest a BJP Govt. in south as it went against their dream.The way this Government taking intiatives on many progress orinted development programs, they just can’t sit idle and watch it as the soil under their feet is loosening. Such a shameless and comic cowards!!!!

    Comment by Renjith Nair — September 22, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  3. Ranjith I don’t agree with you at all..no matter what loyalism you have towards your favorite party you cannot support violence and disrespect…let these extremists think of some other way to strike against Christians…this is no way..every problem has some solution…moreover how real is the problem? or is it something that’s being stressed upon simply as a ploy to feed some political motive…I have my doubts and I don’t have a problem voicing my opinions…really..One thing that I feel holds true for the entire nation is its lack of respect for human life…just see how many people every agitation ends up killing!!!!Its a shame for sure.

    Comment by Sunanda Pati — September 24, 2008 @ 10:10 am


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