Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Evangelists attacked

By Our Staff Reporter
KOLLAM, FEB. 21. Tension prevails in the Klapana area of Karunagapally near here following the attack on a group of Christian missionaries this night.
The police said that activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were behind the attack and that two RSS activists had been arrested in this connection. A strong police posse has been deployed in the area.
The missionaries were from the Church of God. Four of them, including a woman, have been wounded in the attack and admitted to Karunagapally taluk hospital. They were identified as P.G. Mathew (50), S. John, Mary John and Wilson (33). The police gave the identity of the arrested RSS activists as Shaji and Kiran. The evangelists were attacked by a gang of thirty members.
Tension had been brewing in the tsunami affected areas of Alapad following widespread allegations by the Sangh Parivar that Christian missionaries were engaged in conversion activities at these areas.