'Bajrang Dal involved in K'taka violence'

Updated on Sep 25, 2008 10:49 PM IST

The Home Ministry says Bajrang Dal elements were allegedly involved in communal violence in K'taka and the state Govt must act tough against those involved.

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PTI | By, New Delhi

Bajrang Dal elements were allegedly involved in communal violence in Karnataka and the state government must apply stringent laws against those who were involved in it, the Union Home Ministry said in New Delhi on Thursday.

There was a "sense of uneasiness" in Karnataka and Christian community was "visibly upset and unhappy" over the recent communal violence there, Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry ML Kumawat said in New Delhi.

"Alleged Bajrang Dal elements were involved in vandalising churches, prayer halls and schools," he said after camping in the violence-hit areas of the state for two days.

Kumawat said the two-member Central team, including Joint Secretary (Human Rights) AK Yadav, found that violent protests on September 15 following the desecration of churches in Mangalore made the cops, who were mostly fresh recruits, impatient.

He said irked by stone pelting mob, these young policemen entered the Churches, prayer halls and beat old, women and young alike which resulted in discontentment.

"The community members told us that the administration was partial and bias and even demanded that Dakhina Kanada (Mangalore) district Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar be transferred," he said.

Kumawat said they found that out of the four posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Mangalore, three were lying vacant.

"All the violence-hit areas were known to be sensitive. The administration could have handled the situation in a more matured manner by deploying seasoned policemen," he said.

He said the team would submit its report within a day or two.

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