Friday, February 25, 2005
Saffron outfits suspend protest against Christian meet:
[India News]: Kota (Raj), Feb 24 : Three saffron outfits - Bajrang Dal, VHP and Hindu Jagaran Manch - which held violent protests against a Christian meet near here, today announced suspension of their agitation in view of the organisers' assurance that no religious conversion would take place during the function.
"We have decided to suspend our agitation against the meet after getting assurance from the Emmanuel Mission that there will be no (no) religious conversion or baptism during the five-day bible graduation function being attended by more than 3,000 people from various parts of the country," Kota Mahanagar VHP chief Khuspal Singh said.
The breakthrough was achieved after the mission authorities extended invitation to a delegation of the saffron outfits to attend the five-day function that began at Raipura, 10 km from here yesterday, and see for themselves that no conversion was taking place in the meet.
The Chairman of Emmanuel Bible Institute Samiti M A Thomas had also given an undertaking to the administration that the ongoing meet would not be used for conversion or baptism of people, Singh said.
However, the VHP leader hastened to add that suspension of their protest did not mean that that they would not oppose religious conversion.
"We shall be sending our representatives to the meet daily to keep a vigil on the activities at the function," he added.
Denying any role of Sangh Parivar activists in yesterday's violence outside the mission's headquarters, Singh said "miscreants" were responsible for pelting stones on police which resorted to lathicharge to quell the violent mob.