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Six Hindu radicals held for vandalising MP church

“We have arrested six persons involved in attacking the Catholic school and cathedral premises,” said Jabalpur’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Isha Pant.

However, they were later granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 each, prompting the Church authorities to lodge a strong protest against the police.

Those arrested have been identified as Dharam Sena leader Yogesh Agrawal, and his associates Nitin Rajak, Prateek Pyasi, Anurag Choukse, Abhishek Choukse and Sharad Rao, Pant said. They have been booked under various sections of the IPC, she said.

The incidents took place on March 20 when some members of the Christian community were allegedly assaulted and threatened by activists of Bajrang Dal and Dharam Sena who attacked the school and a parsonage alleging that religious conversion had been taking place there.

The church authorities had alleged that the accused stormed into the Cathedral premises and a school housing a grotto with St Mary’s idol.

Maha suspects’ political hand’

The government suspects a "political hand" in the recent attack on a Navi Mumbai church, even as the Opposition members walked out of the Assembly protesting against the incident. Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse said the government was conducting a probe into the case.
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