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Lucknow Missionary schools close on Sep 11

All missionary schools will remain closed in Lucknow on Monday to protest the BJP activists' attacks on Loreto Convent.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 23:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

All missionary catholic schools will remain closed in Lucknow on Monday to protest the attack by BJP activists on a girls' convent school where a seance was reportedly held to invoke the spirit of Jesus Christ recently.

The 20 catholic schools in the city have decided to remain closed onMonday to register their protest against the attack, state Catholic Educational Institutions Association secretary Father Paul Rodrigues said on Sunday evening.

Accusing the school authorities of trying to convert its students, BJP youth wing activists had ransacked its premises on Sunday afternoon breaking flower pots, window panes and glass doors and pelting stones.

Some parents had complained that the school held a seance on September 6 which was witnessed by nearly 250 students, besides staff members, during which several girls fainted in fright.

Even as Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe into the reported fainting of some students, school authorities denied any such exercise and said the students fainted due to the sultry weather conditions.

First Published: Sep 10, 2006 23:46 IST