The Somasekara Commission of Inquiry has found evidence of Christian pastors deliberately vandalising churches in Karnataka to give BJP government a bad name. At other places, the vandalism seems to be instigated by Congress and Janata Dal (S) — typically, a couple of mysterious people will arrive on a motorcyle, hurl some stones at a church and dissappear. Next day, the media will splash the news: “Another church vandalised in BJP-ruled Karnataka.” Another problem the Somasekara Commission has noticed is the illegal planting of crosses by Christians in public places.
Christian fundamentalists pretending to be members of the civil society have already begun to attack Justice Somasekara over the report. Church and Congress are cunning animals — Hindus and BJP should be careful.
Some attacks on churches aimed at defaming govt: Panel
Bangalore, February 1, DHNS:
The Justice B K Somasekara Commission of Inquiry, which probed the attacks on churches, on Tuesday released details of each case and named those responsible for the attacks in some cases.
As many as 57 churches and prayers halls were attacked in nine districts in the State in 2008.
Referring to St Mary’s Church in Kolar, the Commission ruled out the involvement of any Hindu organisation. The allegations of conversion are true, but they were not the ground for the attack. It was a deliberate attempt by some local group or political force to create evidence to link the attack to other such incidents involving churches, and thereby demoralise or demolish the ruling BJP government.
On the attack on St James Church at Mariyannapalya in Bangalore, the Commission confirmed there was indeed an attack. But it said attempts by Christians to convert people in the area, and resistance by the members of Adi Kaveri Trust of Chittiappa and local Hindus were the reasons for the incident.
The Church personnel did not cooperate with the police in preventing the attack. There appears to be illegal acquisition of public property by both the Church personnel and the Chittiappa group, which requires a serious inquiry, the report said.
Legal steps sought
The government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike should take legal steps to remove all encroachments and illegal planting of Christian Crosses, besides illegal constructions in the Kalvari Betta area, the Commission recommended.
In case of the Holy Name of Jesus Church at Rajarajeshwarinagar, the report said the attack was sporadic — carried out by either a passerby or by some miscreants to create evidence against the ruling party.
There are indications of corruption in the City Corporation, the report said. The commissioner should uniformly regularise any irregularity in licensing, etc, regarding constructions, especially of this church, subject to rules, the report added.
A make-believe attempt
In the case of St Anthony New Church, Yedanahalli, the report said the attack was a make-believe aimed at linking it other similar incidents.
The main culprits appear to be Father Santhosh, David and his men and two police constables, B M Nagaraj and B P Nagendra Kumar. The CoD police failed in their investigation to locate the culprits, the report said.
You can read the entire report in original here.