Aicc News Flash
Three Christians arrested on false allegations in Orissa
Bajrang Dal falsely accused two Bible College Students in Punjab and attempted an arrest
New Delhi, December 6, 2008
Three Christian members belonging to Good Shepherd Community Churches were arrested under false allegations in Orissa on December 3. Separately, two Bible College students were beaten by Bajrang Dal in Sangur, Punjab, and gave false accused of forced conversions on December 1.
An aicc correspondent reported that three members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (Hindu Militant Wing), Rajendra Kondhpan s/o late Johonesh Kondhpan, Jisudan Bhatra s/o Subash Bhatra, and Ashok Kondhpan s/o Rajendra Kondhpan, allegedly gave made charges of illegal activities and forced conversion against three Christians at Semiliguda police station, Koraput district. The Christians were informed by their friends that the police were looking to arrest them.
The Christians surrendered at Semiliguda police station on December 3, 2008, knowing that the charges against them are false allegations. A case with the charges under sections 147, 149, 254, 307 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code was filed against them.
The Orissa state chapter of aicc met the victims and legal provision is being arranged to seek bail for the innocent Christians.
Many Dalit and tribal Christians have suffered from legal harassment by Hindutva fanatics, who have misused the law against them and made false charges. At the court, justice is often denied to victimize Christians.
The legal harassment through misuse of the law has spread all over India. On Dec 2nd morning, an OM (Operation Mobilisation) men's team, who are Bible College students, were beaten by members of Bajrang Dal in Sangur, Punjab, while distributing Bible literature. The Bajrang Dal members, numbering about 20, arrested two OM team members and took them to Sangur police station and made allegations of wrongly converting Hindus.
Soon after aicc Delhi office was informed, the matter was immediately passed to the aicc North West chapter who called the Sangur police station and began intervening. Punjab State Minorities Commission member, Mr. Emmanuel Gill, spoke to the concerned police officer, and he denied the charges brought against innocent members of the OM team in Sangur. Police warned Bajrang Dal members not to bring false allegations and then released the OM team members without any case being registered against them.
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