Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Govt sheltering fundamentalists in Madhya Pradesh

By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal, Feb 26 Ms Indra Iyengar, member of the State Minorities Commission has alleged that the BJP-led Government in the state is trying to undermine the role of the minority commission at the behest of RSS. She also charged the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government of harbouring what she described as fundamentalists.

At a press conference here on Sunday, Ms Iyengar expressed deep concern over the state of anarchy, which has totally paralysed the administration and police by submitting before the communal designs of RSS and its frontal organisations as Bajrang Dal and others, she alleged.

Quoting a survey conducted by the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, she said that about two dozen incidents of attacks on Christians including the incidents of arson have taken place this year since January 25.

Khoom Singh Maharaj along with 150 people forced the Jhabua police on the behest of the local administration and BJP leaders in a way that the police barged in a private house at Chhapri village, where the tribal Christians were holding a prayer meeting.

Two priests were mercilessly beaten and taken to jail for no crime of theirs. Khoom Singh is the person, who was largely responsible for the Jhabua communal roots in 2004.

Bajrang Dal activists attacked a prayer meeting at Bhopal and mercilessly beat the priests and others. After making a lot of hue and cry by the secular organisations and political parties, the police could arrest only five accused persons on the third day of the incidents.

The Kukshi Police played havoc on 12 poor innocent Christians at the Nonpura village in Dhar district, where they implicated them in the false charges of abduction and rape of a minor on the instance of RSS activists, said Ms Iyengar.

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Minority panel member lashes out against MP Govt.

Bhopal, Feb. 26 (PTI): Accusing Madhya Pradesh Government of providing political shelter to Hindu fundamentalists acting against Christians, a member of the State Minority Commission today asked the Centre to take a serious note of the state administration's functioning and take steps to stop the alleged practice.

"The BJP government in the state is trying to undermine the role of the Minority Commission at the behest of the RSS," Commission member Indira Iyengar alleged at a press conference here.

Accusing the government of providing shelter to Hindu fundamentalists who have been wreaking havoc on minorities, mainly Christians, she said that there was 109 per cent rise in incidents of violence against Christians in January-February 2006 as compared to the same period in 2004 and 2005.

Iyengar appealed to the Centre to take serious note of state government's functioning and take necessary steps to safeguard interests of the minority community.

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