Schools Attacked in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal : Five Schools and a Church attacked in Madhya Pradesh
following the protest closure of institutions, on 29th August 2008,
run by the Christian community in Madhya Pradesh. The members
belonging to the VHP, Bajrangdal and other organizations carried out
these attacks in Gwaliar district, Barwani district and a Church in
Fr. John Xaiver , Vicar General of Gwaliar diocese, said ,"the
protesters came to four of our Christian schools shouting slogans
against Christians , the police reached in time. Therefore damage
was controlled." After visiting the affected schools and Church
Advocate Raju Francis , the Vice President of the Madhya Pradesh
Isai Mahasangh , called on the people of Madhya Pradesh to develop
courage to face any impending incidents.
The schools attacked in Gwaliar are , Carmel Convent school, St.
Teresa's School , St. Paul School and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
School. Sr. Theodoerit, principal Carmel Convent school said, "they
came and started shouting slogans and braking whatever was in their
vicinity. Christians and police came in time so damage limited." In
the St. Paul Lutheran School the situation is worse their school and
school bus which was out side parked was attacked. Rev. S P Das is
the principal of this school. Fr. Nixon , the principal of St.
Teresa's school said that the miscreants destroyed many things in a
short time. They entered the Church before they could do any thing
people and police came to the campus and they went away shouting
In Barvani a large group of VHP and Bajrangdal members came to the
school on 28th August itself protesting the closure of the school.
Principal Fr. Jose P A said ,"I have closed the school, I have
clearly conveyed this to the protesters that the management will
abide by the decisions of the CBCI, the highest decisions making
body of the Catholic Church.
Mr. Kurishinkal Joshi , President of the Madhya Pradesh Isai
said "the protest is complete in Madhya Pradesh , along with
Catholic institutions the non-catholic institutions too joined the
protest. We had said all our district units to talk to all Christian
institutions to close institutions as a mark of our respect towards
those who died."
Fr. Anand Muttungal, the PRO & Spokesperson, Catholic Council of
Bishops and coordinator of the M. P Isai Mahasangh , said, "We must
not be happy with the closure of institutions but continue to helpo
the victims, We are holding a Srandhanjali Sabha,(Gathering to pay
tribute to those died in riots), to pay our respect to the deceased
and ask God's blessing to face all situations. After this a Vehicle
Rally will be taken out to the Madhya Pradesh Congress Party State
Head Office in Bhopal. We will submit a memorandum addressed to UPA
Chair person Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. This is to appeal to the Central
Government to initiate steps to contain the violence."
Bhopal district president of the M. P Isai Mahasang, Mr. Antony John
said, " the congress seems to be equally responsible for the worst
situation in Orissa. It took long time to act and it gave the
rioters time to attack more Christians."
Fr. Anand Muttungal
PRO & Spokesperson
Catholic Council of Bishops, M. P
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