Close on the heels of the Karnataka government ordering a probe by Corps of Detectives (CoD) into the recent attacks on Christian prayer halls in the state, former Deputy Chief Minister M P Prakash and members of KPCC's fact-finding committee on Thursday demanded a CBI enquiry into the issue.
"The CBI enquiry will bring out the real truth as there is scope for omissions of various aspects in other types of enquiries and will restore the confidence of the people in the government," he told reporters after visiting various churches and those injured in the attacks.
Prakash said he had received numerous complaints about police "atrocities" during his visits to churches.
The government, he said, should work towards building confidence in people's minds and safeguard all communities.
Coming down heavily on Home Minister V S Acharya, Prakash said he had "completely failed" in his duty to tackle the situation. "He (Acharya) should work according to the Constitution and maintain law and order," Prakash said.
He alleged that the Bajrang Dal, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks, was trying to create panic in the state.
Dismissing the BJP allegation that the Congress was "politicising" the issue, Prakash maintained that the Congress was a national party and there was no need for it to politicise the matter.
To a query, he said "the Constitution never permits forcible conversion, nor does it permit one to take the law into one's own hands".