Parents oppose preacher’s plea for prayer for victims

  • Roop Upadhaya, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2014 10:59 IST

Tension prevailed at Pandoh dam on Sunday as there was a minor scuffle between the families of the Hyderabad students who were washed away in the Beas River and a US-based preacher KA Paul who wanted to organise a peace prayer for the victims.

Paul arrived at Pandoh dam and held a meeting with Telangana home minister Narsimha Reddy and parents of the students with a proposal to hold a peace prayer.

He, however, faced a tiff opposition from the parents who alleged that he was pressurising the parents and administration to hold the prayer, even as the bodies of the victims are yet to be discovered. An argument took place between the parents and the preacher which turned into a minor scuffle in front of the Telangana home minister.

Keeping in the view that situation could go out of control, the local administration intervened and ordered Paul to leave the place.

“A person named KA Paul who claims to be a peace preacher arrived here today and wanted to hold some prayer. However, parents opposed his presence and was ordered to leave the conference,” said Gohar sub-divisional magistrate DR Dhiman. Meanwhile, parents alleged that Paul started abusing and threatening them citing the huge wealth he has.

“He was boasting about his wealth and claimed himself to be global peace president stating that he holds prayer services in 149 countries,” said Reddy adding that such people were playing with emotions of the parents who have lost their children.

“If he wanted to help the families, where was he till now?” asked Reddy. Meanwhile, Paul said he was here as he thought that a peace prayer should be held for the victim.

He blamed the VNR Institute management for the tragedy and alleged that the college officials provoked the parents to protest against him.

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