Twelve Christian Churches attacked in Karnataka
- Twelve Christian Churches / worship places were attacked allegedly by pro-Hindu groups in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts of Karnataka on Sunday, 14 September 2008.
In Dakshina Kannada district alone, at least eight Churches / worship places were targeted and one person was stabbed.
Three Churches were attacked in Mangalore (at Hampanakatta, Kulur and Kodical), and Nettana in Puttur taluk, Madantyar in Belthangady taluk, Moodbidri, Puttur and Permannur near Thokkottu.
In Kankanady, police prevented an attack and arrested three persons.
Thousands of Christians took to the streets to protest against the attacks.
Eighteen persons, including 10 policemen and three women, were injured in three incidents of stone throwing � two in Mangalore and one at Madantyar in Belthangady. The demonstrators pelted stones at the policemen when they tried to disperse them.
The stone-throwing incident at Milagres in Mangalore occurred minutes before Central minister Oscar Fernandes, who hails from the region, visited some of the damaged churches on Sunday evening.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr. PC have been imposed for three days in Mangalore taluk.
All the attacks reportedly took place when people were offering prayers around 10.30 a.m.
Dakshina Kannada district president of Bajrang Dal Sudarshan Moodbidri said the attacks were carried out by the Hindu community.
Pro-Hindu groups maintained they did not attack churches but only prayer halls run by some Christian groups whose main activity was, according to them, to convert Hindus.
SOCM News Bureau - Bangalore