MP: Church, two schools attacked in Jabalpur
A group of Hindu hardliners attacked three churches in Jabalpur late on Friday night. They were unhappy over a Christians' Convention taking place at St Peter & Paul Church and accused the church of promoting conversion.Updated: Mar 22, 2015 22:44 IST
A group of Hindu hardliners attacked a church and two schools in Jabalpur late on Friday night. They were unhappy over a Christians' Convention taking place at St Peter & Paul Church and accused the church of promoting conversion.
The miscreants, about 50 in number, mainly belonged to Dharma Sena and Bajrang Dal. They first vandalised Parish House located inside the St Peter & Paul Church and later attacked St Thomas and St Aloysius School and beat up people who had come to participate in the Christians' Convention. More than a dozen people were injured in the incident, one of them critically.
After the convention ended on Sunday, the matter was brought to the notice of Christian outfits in Bhopal. By this time, Jabalpur police had not initiated action against any of the accused despite the church authorities presenting video footage of the incident and naming some of the accused.
Taking the matter up with the director general of police (DGP), Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh demanded immediate arrest of the accused and said with video footage available, the police should not have any problem doing it.
A memorandum was also presented by the Mahasangh to Home minister Babulal Gaur demanding immediate action against the accused.
Convener of Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh, Fr Anand Mutungal while talking to HT on Sunday evening, said both the DGP and IG, Jabalpur zone, have assured them of arrest of the people involved in the incident but nothing has happened so far.
He further said that Dr Yogesh Agrawal was instrumental in 'organising' the attack. He has done it in the past too but despite being aware of his activities, the Jabalpur police and administration have so far refrained from initiating action against him.
Convener, Sarva Isai Mahasangh, Jary Paul has also condemned the incident and demanded immediate penal action against the people involved in the incident.
State Congress chief Arun Yadav also condemned the attack and said that the chief minister should clarify as to why such incidents take place so often during the BJP rule only.
First Published: Mar 22, 2015 20:45 IST