Puttur: Parladka Flag Hoisting Error Unintentional - Fr George
Daijiworld Media Network - Puttur
Puttur, Aug 17: "The controversial flag-hoisting on India's 66th Independence Day on Wednsday, August 15 in Parladka Syro-Malankara Catholic Bishop's house by an assistant priest was totally unintentional and happened due to a mistake. People should not give communal colour to this incident," said Vicar General of the diocese Fr George.
Speaking to daijiworld, he said that Syro-Malankara Catholic diocese renders unconditional apology to the people for hurting their sentiments. "We assure that this incident will not repeat. The error occured due to the mistake of newly appointed staff. We have utmost respect for the nation and the flag. We are proud of our country," he said.
He recalled the services of Syrian Catholics to the society through education, health and other sectors. "We have always worked for the betterment of society, and there was never any intention to hurt anyone. We request the people to draw a curtain on this incident, and not let controversy continue..." he appealed.
'This is Symbolic Christianization' - VHP
Vishwa Hindu Parishad's district general secretary Radhakrishna Bhat termed Wednesday's flag hoisting incident as a 'systematic effort to symbolic Christianizing', and warned that if such incidents repeat, there will be huge protests state-wide.
"The flag hoisting under the religious Cross is condemnable. Though it was private place, the flag hoisted was seen by the public," he said.
"Where are those intellectuals who raised their voice during the home stay attack in Mangalore? Why are they quiet now? Where is the media now which sensationalizes such incidents 24X7? If it had happened with RSS or Hindu outfits, there would have been noise and protest. But the same people are sitting quiet without even opening their lips," he lambasted.
He also questioned the district administration for keeping quiet on this incident.
Bajranga Dal Mangalore co-ordinators Murali Krishna, Nitin Kallega and others were present at the press conference.