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Christians targetted in U.P.
The fire of communalism is spreading fast. After a small gap forces of hatred have again started targeting innocent people from minority communities. This time round the target of their ire are Christians. And the hub of their activities is neither Orissa nor Gujarat but Uttar Pradesh. The spurt in anti-Christian attacks indicate some deep-rooted conspiracy against this small but influential minority community.
Reportedly the Bajrang Dal held a conference in Uttar Pradesh last March, where cadres were trained to ‘check’ activities of ‘anti-national forces.’ Their training paid them rich dividends within a month. In a very short time, three schools run by Chatholic missionaries were attacked in one district, Mathura, alone.
On 6 April, Sacred Heart School, Mathura, was attacked and the principal was assaulted. The anti-social elements who were behind this attack warned on the same occasion that it was not the end. And they were right. On 10 April a group of hoodlums attacked St. Dominic’s School in Mathura and assaulted its principal. A day later the same was repeated in yet another institute. On 11 April a group of around 20 people attacked St Theresa’s Church, School and Sacred Heart Convent at Kosikalan near Mathura. One priest and a maid servant were thrashed brutally and they had to be brought to Delhi’s Holy Family Hospital in critical condition. Two other nuns were beaten up mercilessly on the same occasion. The attackers also looted large amount of cash and valuables.
But the attack on a girls hostel run by Christian missionaries was most unfortunate. It was unexpected that in a country like India these sorts of incidents could take place and nothing would be done to contain such incidents and punish the culprits. The girls watching a film about Jesus Christ were attacked by a mob of fifty-plus youths - doors were broken and valuables were looted in broad daylight. But nothing was done to arrest the culprits.
The modus operandi in all these cases has been amazingly similar and indicates that all these attacks are result of a deep-rooted conspiracy against this community which has great influence in certain fields, particularly education and health care. A group of some 10-20 people would attack a school or church and damage property, beat the principal and other workers, loot whatever it could lay its hands on, and then get away shouting anti-minority slogans. According to the teachers of St Theresa’s School, when the hoodlums came in and attacked the principal, they also threatened that their other institutions will also be targetted. The threat was carried out within a few days.
The attacks against the Christian institutions point out to a conspiracy hatched by anti national forces which claim day in and day out to be the saviours of the country. Their sole capital is hate and the target may be any ‘other’: Dalits, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs or Muslims.
Surprisingly the National Commission of Minorities headed by Justice Shameem has denied the role of Bajrang Dal or other offshoots of Sangh Parivar in these incidents but the evidence speaks