Team of Catholic priests meets Union Home Minister
Centre urged to uphold the
rights of people
Bangalore: A delegation of Catholic priests, who met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Tuesday, said that they “have lost faith in the assurances of security given by the Chief Minister and the Home Minister” in the light of “one more fresh case of vandalism in St. Antony’s Church in Yedavanhalli in Bangalore.”
The delegation, led by T.S. Amruthraj, Vicar Genera, Archdiocese of Bangalore, met Mr. Patil and expressed its “growing sense of insecurity and increasing disappointment in the wake of continuing attacks and vandalisation” of churches in Davangere, Kolar, Mangalore, Bangalore Urban and Rural.
The police theory about short-circuit causing fire in St. Anthony’s Church, they have said, is an attempt to “downplay the issue and wash hands off any responsibility despite the state-run electrical inspectorate making no mention of short circuit as cause of the fire in the report.” “We come to you in all earnest to seek the intervention of the Centre in coming down heavily on the State Government for its inability to control and curb violence against Christians,” they said in a memorandum.
“The Archbishop in his memorandum dated September 22 handed over personally to the Chief Minister has sought immediate and urgent intervention by the State, but there has neither been a response to the memorandum nor any trace of action on the part of the Government,” the memorandum said.
“We are perturbed by the callous and unconcerned way in which the Government is responding to our appeals for protection of the minority Christian Community,” it added. The memorandum quoted Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa as having said too much importance was being given to the atrocities against Christians.
“We urge you to look to the concerns of the Christian community in Karnataka and ensure that the Centre takes action, issues sterner warning and employ every rule in the book to uphold the constitutional rights of the people of Karnataka, especially Christians, who are going through moments of anxiety, insecurity and fear,” the priests said.