Tuesday, December 25, 2007

M'lore: Religious Preaching Allowed, But Not Forcible Conversion-ADGP

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (KM/RD)

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje and Sphoorti Ullal

Mangalore, Dec 25: The Constitution allows for the religious preaching. But forceful conversion is not allowed as per the law. If anyone finds forcible conversion, one should inform the police instead of taking law into hands. Strict action will be taken, if anyone takes law into his hand in this connection, cautioned Shanker Bidari, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order.

Speaking at the press meet in DySP’s office, on Monday, December 24 evening, he informed that members of a specific organization have attacked the gatherings of Church of End Time Full Gospel Harvesters of India, on Sunday, December 23, by assuming that the church is being involved in conversion. A total of 12 persons have been arrested in connection to this incident, he added.

The arrested have been identified as Harish Kapikad-Akashbhavan, Tejkumar Navur-Bantwal, Harish Paduvanje, Mukunda Bantwal, Yashodhar Navur-Bantwal, Shashidhar Kaprigudda, Suresh Kannur, Ramesh Padil, Chethan Padil, Praveenkumar Attavar, Navin Kodical and Satish Kannur.

Commenting on the communal riots of October 2006, he said that a total of 324 cases have been registered in this regard. Out of them, charge sheets are being filed for 261 cases, he said.

Coastal police station:

A total of 5 coastal security police stations will be opened in the coming days. Mangalore, Malpe, Bhatkal, Kumta and Karvar will have these police stations. A speed boat of 10 to 15 tonnes capacity which would cost about Rs 25 crore will be provided to each police station, he announced.

Meanwhile, he confirmed that 6 Naxalites were spotted in the vicinity of Tombottu village, comes under the jurisdiction of Udupi district, few days ago. Udupi SP has already reached the spot, ADGP informed.

Earlier, Shanker Bidari paid a visit to the church located at Kankanady, which had been attacked by the miscreants.

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