Probe ordered into ‘disruption’ of Pratapgarh Christmas celebration event

Shivraj Meena, superintendent of police (SP), Pratapgarh said, that there was no disruption as such at the event but nevertheless, an enquiry has been ordered under the deputy superintendent of police, Pratapgarh. 
The two-day Christmas celebration programme was organised by Pratapgarh branch of Masih Shakti Samiti for tribals and began on Tuesday morning.(REPRESENTATIVE PIC/HT FILE)
The two-day Christmas celebration programme was organised by Pratapgarh branch of Masih Shakti Samiti for tribals and began on Tuesday morning.(REPRESENTATIVE PIC/HT FILE)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 07:59 PM IST
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Jaipur: Pratapgarh police on Thursday ordered an enquiry into the alleged disruption of a Christmas celebration event in the district on Tuesday after the organisers gave a memorandum to the additional collector. 

Shivraj Meena, superintendent of police (SP), Pratapgarh said, that there was no disruption as such at the event but nevertheless, an enquiry has been ordered under the deputy superintendent of police, Pratapgarh. 

The two-day Christmas celebration programme was organised by Pratapgarh branch of Masih Shakti Samiti for tribals and began on Tuesday morning. But on Tuesday evening, around 9 pm, police reached the spot along with around 20 locals, who alleged that the event was being done to carry out conversions. 

Laxman Meena, secretary of the MSS and one of the organisers, said, that those disrupting the event were members of Hindu outfits and the police was hand in glove with them. “The police asked us to stop the event and said that things like this will not be allowed in Pratapgarh,” said Laxman, identifying himself as a scheduled caste with faith in Bible. 

He further alleged that the disruptors manhandled the persons who had assembled for prayer and also took away their microphone and sound system. A video clip of the incident showed disruptors creating ruckus at the event. HT could not independently verify the authenticity of the video. 

The police, however, deny such disruption. “The local residents had objected to the event following which the owner of the venue, Samudayik Bhawan, asked the organisers to vacate the place,” the SP said. 

“We received information that religious conversion was going on and so we sent a team. But no evidence suggesting conversion was found at the spot,” he added. The police also took two tribals into custody over suspicion of forced conversion and questioned them. They were released late at night after the allegations were found to be false.

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