Taking a serious note of the role of Bajrang Dal in the series of attacks on churches in the BJP-ruled Karnataka, the National Commission for Minorities has suggested a ban on such organisations "responsible for breakdown of communal harmony".
The Commission in its report submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a few days back said, "The state must keep a close watch on the activities of all such organisations that have contributed to the breakdown of communal harmony there. Remedial action, including a ban and prosecution should be initiated. Communal harmony should be maintained at all costs."
The Commission headed by its Chairman Md Shafi Qureshi visited the trouble-torn areas like Mangalore, Bangalore and Udupi between September 16 and September 18 to assess the situation after attacks on Christians and their places of worship there.
The report said the district magistrate and the SSP of Udupi district told NCM that all 17 people arrested in the district for violence belong to Bajrang Dal. The NCM team also took up the matter of the Bajrang Dal state chief Mahendra Kumar who reportedly issued statements claiming that he damaged the prayer halls in Karnataka.
"NCM desires to know why he had not been arrested so far. He should be arrested and serious action must be taken against him as well as other persons responsible," the NCM report said.
According to the report, the Bangalore administration told the NCM that of the 83 persons lodged in judicial custody in connection with the communal clashes, 36 of them belonged to the Bajrang Dal.