Sunday, September 23, 2007

Traffic thrown out of gear in City

Traffic thrown out of gear in City
DH News Service, Bangalore:
Traffic was affected on Mahatma Gandhi Road for nearly four hours as three massive protests were held on Saturday.

Traffic was affected on Mahatma Gandhi Road on Saturday for nearly four hours from 9 am as three massive protests were held on Saturday.

The police had a tough time to keep the slogans-shouting protesters under control, who blocked the road. The Hindu Jagaran Vedike and the Sri Rama Sene had organised protests to counter the rally called by BJP leader and Bangalore North member of parliament H T Sangliana to condemn incidents of increase in attacks on Christians.

Activists of the Karnataka Chraista Ranga and the Global Council of Indian Christians took part in the rally from Trinity Church to Mahtama Gandhi Statue junction. A large number of police personnel had been deployed to prevent untoward incidents. The protests, however, passed off peacefully, according to DCP (East) B K Singh.

The activists of Vedike and Srirama Sene shouted slogans against Sangliana as he came out of Raj Bhavan after submitting a memorandum to Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

The Hindu outfits alleged that Sangliana has formed his own outfit, which has been supporting forced conversions. The charge was denied by Sangliana.

Effigies of Sangliana and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi were burnt by the organisations.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Sangliana said the Christians in the State had no problems. But of late, attacks had increased on them and pastors and churches in Bellary, Hubli, Bidar, Mangalore and South Canara were the targets. “The self-appointed custodians of religion have time and again taken the law into their own hands”, he added.

To a question, Sangliana said he had led the rally following a request. He was participating in it as a social worker and not as a BJP leader. The BJP as a party was not against minorities. “In my meeting with the Dy CM B S Yediyurappa, the State govt has assured protection to all minorities,” said Mr Sangliana.

On Ram Sethu controversy he said, “The whole issue on Ram Sethu is politicised. Every individual in this country has the freedom to believe or not to believe in their religious beliefs. Questioning faith or belief should be avoided. Communal harmony should not be disturbed.”

Meanwhile, the Catholic Association of Bangalore (CAB), in a statement, said that the Catholic Church has not participated in the protest rally and has condemned the atrocities on Christians. The CAB has also denied any sort of forceful conversion.


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