A delegation of opposition Congress leaders on Monday met the Madhya Pradesh police chief and demanded action against those behind an attack on a church in Jabalpur.
Congress leaders accompanied by member of the Christian community met the director general of police Surendra Sinh and handed a memorandum regarding the attack on the church during evening prayers on Friday.
Alleging the attack was “pre-planned”, the leaders said the local police official were “soft” on the activists of Dharma Sena, a Hindu right-wing group alleged to be behind the attack.
“A day after the attack, Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia came to Jabalpur and gave inflammatory speech,” said Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson KK Mishra.
He said repeated attacks on minorities by Hindu right-wing groups have got emboldened hardliners, who were making inflammatory speeches and targeting minorities.
The Hindu Dharma Sena has been involved in attacks on Christians in the past too, but the police have treated it with “kid gloves. ” Stern action should be taken against the Dharma Sena chief Yogesh Agarwal, he said.
"Agarwal has been responsible for disrupting communal harmony in Jabalpur time and again. (Hindu) right-wing groups are increasingly attacking minorities in the state,” Mishra added.
He further said that the party has demanded extra security at churches across the state.
Later, the Congress in a statement said attacks on minorities have increase since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre.
BJP's members of parliament and senior leaders are openly making inflammatory statements. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has to come out with a clarification on the recent attack on the church in Jabalpur, the Congress said.