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Khyala attack on Christians was premeditated
|A four-member fact-finding team of a social organization, Jan Hastakshep, in its report on the 13 November attack on a Christian prayer service at Khyala village in West Delhi, has said the violence was pre-planned and orchestrated by the Sangh Parivar which wanted to test the waters for bigger actions against the minorities in the future.
According to the team’s report released on 23 November, the four members –– Dr. N. Bhattacharya of the Delhi University, Dr. Anoop Saraya of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mr. Jaspal Sing Sidhu, journalist, and Mr. Dhawajendra Dhawal, social activist – carried an on-the-spot enquiry and spoke to a number of residents and authorities.
Jan Hastakshep said that the prayer organizers had sought permission from the Delhi Municipal Corporation for holding the prayer meeting in the park from November 12 to 14 and had paid the fee of Rs. 2,200 for using a public address system.
The group said despite the fact that there was a minor incident on 11 November, when Pastor S. John was slapped and threatened by some local goons while he was distributing pamphlets along with a girl, police did not provide any security for the main programme. The report added that ‘the police attempted to hush up the case, conceal and distort the facts and avoided apprehending the culprits.’
It also accused the Christian missionaries of underplaying the incident since those attacked were primarily from a Protestant group, Soul Winners Pray Fellowship.
Following its enquiry, the team concluded that the attack was carried out by Hindutva forces which wanted to ‘keep the communal pot boiling;’ the motive was to ‘terrorize minorities’; and it was aimed as testing the reaction of people to such attacks. Jan Hastakshep has demanded a thorough probe into the violence.