Probe ordered into Christian profiling circular
A day after the police circular seeking profiling of Christians and churches in Madhya Pradesh was withdrawn, an intelligence probe has been ordered into its origins. HT reports.delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2011 01:46 IST
A day after the police circular seeking profiling of Christians and churches in Madhya Pradesh was withdrawn, an intelligence probe has been ordered into its origins.
Madhya Pradesh director general of police (DGP) SK Rout has asked additional director general (Intelligence) RK Shukla to investigate where the circular came from."The DGP has asked the state intelligence chief to submit a report," said police spokesperson SP Dixit.
The Christian community, meanwhile, is still deeply upset.
Unconvinced by the probe order, Bhopal Archbishop Leo Cornelio has asked bishops and priests not to share any information unless anything is sought in writing.
The national spokesperson of Catholic Bishops Conference of India, Fr Babu Joseph, said: “The notification is an exercise with an agenda of targeting the Christians. Similar profiling took place prior to the large scale violence against the Christians in Gujarat and Orissa.”
Demanding a centeral agency probe into the matter, he said: “One fails to understand the rationale behind demanding the profiling soon after the census.”
Spokesperson of Catholic Churches, MP, Fr Anand Muttungal, said they want action against officials responsible for issuing the circular.
“It is a matter of serious concern that some forces used the police against the Christians without the knowledge of senior officials, including the DGP,” he said. “Who wants this information and for what purpose?”
In Delhi also, Christian leaders approached the National Commission for Minorities for a probe. “We’ve requested the NCM to order the government to tell us where the idea originated and the reasons behind it,” said National Integration Council member John Dayal.
Minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid said he would look into the matter.
Over last two years, Christians, who comprise 2.4% of thepopulation, have faced attacks in Orissa, Karanataka and Madhya Pradesh. In 2010, a BJP legislator was convicted for murder in the 2008 anti-Christian riots in Kandhamal.