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It’s an attempt to bring a bad name to us, says Yeddyurappa

Minorities will get all protection,

says Yeddyurappa

Attacks have risen after BJP came to power: Siddaramaiah

Bangalore: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that the Government had initiated action to nab those involved in the attack on a church on Hosur road on the outskirts of Bangalore and that “stern action” would be taken against those indulging in such activities.

Replying to the matter raised by Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (Secular) Floor Leader H.D. Revanna, the Chief Minister said: “Such attacks are being perpetrated by those wanting to tarnish the image of the Government. We will take stern action against those involved (in the incident)”. Mr. Yeddyurappa assured the minorities that no effort would be spared in providing support and protection to them.

“Prior to my week-long trip to China, I addressed a meeting of the Christian community in Bangalore and promised that the Government would do its best to extend protection to them and that they need not feel insecure. It is unfortunate that incidents of attacks against minority places of worship are recurring and we will arrest the culprits. The Government is doing its best to maintain communal harmony and I would like to seek cooperation of the Opposition in this endeavour”.

With reference to the charge that the attack on the church was a case of police failure, the Chief Minister said the police and in particular the intelligence wing was on high alert. The Government would come out with details relating to the incident on the floor of the legislature on Friday.

Earlier, Mr. Siddaramaiah said such incidents would “affect communal harmony and will also instil fear among the minorities. Incidents of church attacks have increased after the Bharatiya Janata Party Government took charge in the State,” he said.

Mr. Revanna said the police had failed in taking preventive steps and that the attack on the church smacked of failure on the part of the intelligence wing of the police.