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Bangalore: Chief Minister Assures Strict Action against Priest's Assailants

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore / Mangalore (MM/MB) 
Bangalore, Jul 13: A delegation of Christians under the leadership of the Federation of Karnataka Christians' Association (FKCA) met chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and state home minister M P Prakash here on Thursday July 12.

The delegation complained to them regarding the assault on Carmelite priest Fr Sylvester Pereira at Koteshwar in Kundapur on June 25.

The delegation requested the chief minister and home minister to take strict action against the miscreants who manhandled the priest and to suspend Kundapur sub inspector Jayant who favoured the assailants.

The chief minister assured the delegation of strict action against the accused in the assault case. At the same time, home minister contacted the Kundapur sub inspector and asked him to submit report about the incident within a week.

FKCA president Ronald Colaco, president, FKCA secretary , Michael Baptist, Birur MLA S L Dharmegowda, Fr Nelson Pinto, Fr Prakash Cutinho, Roy Castelino, Stany Alvares, Denis D'Silva, Reema Castelino, Sharmila D'Souza and Agnes Cutinho were present in the delegation. 

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 23 2007

    Can you see a strain on Kumaraswamy`s Face ? Can you notice the loosely held hand ? There is no warmth, no firmness even in hearing the grievances. What action can you expect? Prove the world wrong CM. Say "I could not hear properly and the person was not loud enough so I was making additional effort to hear. And I was trying to catch a slipping hand of the afflicted." Or else we have a Battered son of the soil ( Mannina Maga) walking down Village roads stamping on chicken pings asking for Votes and the path may be slippery wand walking may be stressful. LET US SEE SOME JUSTICE AND JUST ACTION.

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  • Anil Dsouza, Kundapur/Chennai

    Mon, Jul 16 2007

    I dont think this govt, can do any good for us,even if they are willing to.First of all, we dont have a strong political leader who can pressurise the govt, second we have too many opinions and no decisions.But the kind of unity we have shown during protests may make the govt to take STRICT actions against their own people.

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  • sudeep, udupi

    Sun, Jul 15 2007

    Agreed Kumarswamy came to chair by "devious" means. I am no way supporter of his party nor BJP who have created enough headaches. But Mr. Lewis do we have a clean political party in India? Is Congress a a clean party and full of honest netas? Dont you think Congress party is root cause of all the ills facing our country, other parties be it BJP or SP or BSP are merely following them.

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 15 2007

    Kumaraswami's photograph itself shows he did not even heard what the delagation has said. Is it not looks like one of his men is explaining him something perhaps the grievances of the people?

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 15 2007

    For Years certain fundamental groups were banned by law in India. There was peace. since the the BJP came to power in the centre the allied extremist elments have been let loose and taken roots in villages and smaller cities across India specially in the south which was free of extremism and petty politics. Minorities have been sidelined harassed and silenced. Catholic church / Christians all over India have been silently doing the community building ( not making christians or converting), helping hindus to be good hindus, muslims to be good muslims i.e, helping to practice what their respective religions really preach. Education, medicine(hospitals), vacational training, skill training education institutions do not do religion, they only do respective professions they are set for and we have India so developed today being contributed by the christian /Catholic church.

    One point to note is that in the south existing religions (Hinduism, Islam,tec..) are very strong and no one changes religion anymore. It is to be noted that Bhajrang Dal, RSS, and xyz have come up since the BJP has come up as a political party at the centre, and successive unstable governments at Karnataka who have not really done any proactive policies since the Government by Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde.

    There is petty parties and Grossroot extremeist elements who need to be crushed with state machinery. Any let up in containing the grass root extremists will only turn the peaceful south Indian states to get worse. it would be advisable to contain any fanatic rhetoric politicians from coming to south and holding political rallies and meetings coming from north and north west. We are self suffIcient as politicians, we are peaceful as people, we are cohabiting in a way we have done for centuries Pujaris, shettys, Brahmins, Bhattas, Konkanis, Moilys, Mulyas, Parbus, Sahebs, Jains, etc..etc..

    As a final Note WE DO NOT NEED NORTH INDIAN TROUBLE MAKING POLITICIANS ANYWHERE NEAR THE SOUTH TO ADDRESS ANY RALLYS OR CONDUCT ANY MEETINGS. They create unrest and we better have peace. in the south. " It is not too late to contain the grass root extremist organizations. ( we do not need Grass root criminal Politics)."

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    Fri, Jul 13 2007

    Strict Action!!by CM! I would love to see  whats that STRICT means.  This government  survives with TOTALLY COMMUNAL BJP which always supports Sangh elements like Bajrang.  Christians should not stop exerting pressure on various political outfits including BJP on this issue. If we remain silent anymore Sangh will get even more adventurous & attacks of this kind will bcome regular fixture.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 14 2007

    Putting our Grievances in front of the Home Minister and the Chief Minister for assault case will not give any results. The Best Solution "CLOSE DOWN ALL CATHOLIC MANAGED SCHOOL,COLLEGES AND MEDICAL INSTITUTIIONS IN THE WHOLE OF KARNATAKA INDEFINITELY" I know it will be hardship for the Children but to teach these Fundamentalists this is the only Way.

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