Bajrang Dal, MPCA spar at press conference

Heated scenes were witnessed during a press conference, between MPCA and Bajrang Dal over forced religious conversions.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 17:45 IST

Heated scenes were witnessed during a press conference by president of Madhya Pradesh Christian Association (MPCA) in bhopal on Monday when Bajrang Dal workers stormed into the venue and alleged forced religious conversions of poor tribals by the community's leaders.

MPCA president Indira Iyengar, who had called the press conference in the capacity of state minorities commission member, alleged atrocities by saffron workers on Christians and claimed to have submitted a memorandum to Governor Balram Jakhar seeking measures to prevent it.

Unruly scenes were witnessed as city Bajrang Dal convenor Devendra Singh Rawat and Iyengar entered into a verbal duel with the latter accusing Hindu organisations of "issuing threats, attacking Christians and insulting their women."

Rawat, in turn, accused Iyengar of making a "hue and cry through baseless allegations to impress Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a bid to secure a berth in the national commission for minorities."

As the situation calmed down, Rawat, who was accompanied by some Bajrang Dal workers, presented a tribal couple of Bhopal claiming "it was forced to convert twice - as protestant Christians and then as Catholics".

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 17:45 IST