MP: Police Arrest 30 Carol Singers Singing On The Road, Right Wing Group Sets Priest’s Car Ablaze

The Logical Indian Crew Madhya Pradesh

December 16th, 2017 / 12:17 PM

Carol

Courtesy: Business Standard | Image Credits: NDTV

Alleging a religious conversion, a mob-linked to a right-wing Hindu group, Bajrang Dal, attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze. The Bhopal police detained a group of 30 Catholic carol singers in Satna on 14 December, in the evening following allegations of religious conversion, said a report by the Business Standard.


Alleged claims of conversion

Instead of taking actions against the perpetrators of violence, the police detained the Christian singers, a priest said. Father Rene Varghese said, “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols. Some 15 kilometres from here in Dara Kalan village church they were getting ready for Christmas celebrations, when a group of people attacked them, accusing them of carrying out the religious conversion.”

A Hindu group, Bajrang Dal, raised slogans and called the Civil Lines police station. All 32 carollers, accompanied by two priests, who singing carols were picked up and taken to the police station. Eight priests who later went to the police station to inquire into the matter were also taken into custody, he said. The agitating mob attacked the Christian students inside the police station and set fire to the priest’s car parked outside. The carolers are from St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna.

Verghese denied any attempt at religious conversion. He said singing carols is a common practice at the time of Christmas. “We were just doing that and preparing for Christmas celebration.” However, the City Superintendent of Police D.D Pande said, “One Dharmendra Dohad has registered a complaint with us that he was Rs 5,000 and converted to a Christian. He was given a dip in the pond and his name was changed into Dharmendra Thomas, the complainant said. They also asked him to pray to the Lord Christ.

When The Logical Indian got in touch with the Police, Head Constable Kamlesh Kumar said, “Two men have been arrested under the IPC 295 (A) (Deliberate malicious act) and 135 (B). One of them have been released on remand and investigation is under process for the other one. They had set up a camp in the village and villagers have alleged that they were forcefully converting people to Christianity.”

The entire group was at the police station until midnight. The police are also investigating the vandalism carried out by the mob.


The Logical Indian take

Carol singing is a common practice among the Christians, specifically during the time of Christmas. The police, in this case, hasn’t arrested people from the mob who have perpetrated the violence. Instead, they have arrested the singers under the pretext of them converting Hindus. The Logical Indian is deeply perturbed by the situation and it urges the concerned authority to look into the matter and ensure that the perpetrators are booked under the law.


Contributors

Written by : Swarnami Mondal (Intern)

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

Related Stories

Kerala Woman Set Ablaze

Kerala: Man Sets Former Classmate Ablaze For Refusing Marriage Proposal; Victim Critical

Pulwama Attack: Car Used In Bombing Was Bought 10 Days Before Attack; Owner Evading Arrest

Woman Set Ablaze

UP: Woman Set Ablaze For Resisting Harassment, Says Police Turned Her Away Twice

After Airport Authority Cancels T M Krishna Concert Over Right-Wing Trolling, Delhi Govt Invites Him To Hold The Event In Delhi

Sambhaji Bhide Case

Rioting Cases Against Sambhaji Bhide & Hundreds Of Right Wing Activists Dropped By Maharashtra Police, Says RTI

27-Year Old Gang-Rape Survivor

UP: 27-Year Old Gang-Rape Survivor Sets Herself, Son Ablaze After Police Allegedly Refused To Register Complaint

Latest on The Logical Indian

Awareness

Despite Numerous Government Schemes, These Tribal Communities In Jharkhand Struggle To Survive

Get Inspired

In This City Of Punjab, Mandir & Masjid Stand Next To Each Other

My Story

My Story: Plastic Sanitary Pad Gave Me Repeated Rashes, That’s When I Took Up Sustainable Menstruation And Education

Exclusive

Powerful Initiatives Taken By Brands Across Social Media To Spread Awareness About The Importance Of Voting

News

IAF Chopper Crash: Commanding Officer Removed, Could Face Criminal Charges

News

Has Demonetisation Arrested Fake Currency?

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.