J&K labourers assaulted; Christian couple accused of conversion, asked to say Jai Shri Ram


Written by Gagandeep Singh Dhillon
| Shimla |

Published: April 24, 2020 12:02:45 am

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Two labourers from Jammu and Kashmir had been assaulted by a gaggle of native residents in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. Police officers have stated the incident seems to be a end result of spiritual intolerance.

In a separate incident, a Christian couple was intercepted by a gaggle of folks close to Dharamshala and asked to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Sunday. A video of the incident was extensively circulated on social media on Thursday.

The assault on the labourers from J&Okay occurred in Harnora village of Bilaspur district. According to the police, 18 staff from J&Okay had been staying on the campus of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited and had been employed by an area contractor for highway building and different tasks. They had not been working because the lockdown got here into pressure.

On Wednesday, a gaggle of 5-6 native residents entered the campus and assaulted the labourers, an investigating officer stated. “It appears to be a case of religious intolerance. The attackers confronted the victims over offering namaz and then manhandled two of them, slapping and kicking them,” stated a senior police officer.

The police have arrested two accused who allegedly led the assault. “We have registered a case of house trespass, criminal intimidation, causing hurt and rioting under sections 323, 451, 506, 147 and 149 of the IPC at Barmana police station,” an officer stated.

District SP Devakar Sharma stated the victims have been shifted to a safer place close to a CISF campus and a police crew deployed for safety. He added that none of the victims has obtained a severe harm.

Meanwhile, a widely-shared video on social media confirmed a gaggle of folks purportedly accusing a Christian couple of finishing up spiritual conversions and asking them to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at Slate Godam village close to Dharamsala.

The incident, it’s learnt, occurred on Sunday when Hari Bahadur, 31, a tour and journey information from Rakkar village close to Dharamshala, and his spouse Nisha Ghale visited one other Christian couple in Slate Godam.

“We visited our friends following the birth of their child. But some residents gathered there and started misbehaving with us. They said they had received some complaints about us carrying out religious conversion and even misbehaved with my pregnant wife,” Bahadur advised The Indian Express.

Soon, a police crew arrived and introduced issues beneath management, Bahadur stated, including that he has not lodged any criticism with the police. The police have booked the couple for curfew violation since they travelled with no allow, an officer stated.

Bahadur stated he had learnt that the individuals who confronted him had been native residents and members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Ashutosh Aggarwal, a VHP chief from Shimla, stated that he was unaware of the incident however added, “If it happened, it was probably because the Christians were missionaries involved in religious conversion.”

In a video tackle to the general public on Thursday, DGP S R Mardi condemned the Bilaspur incident and different types of discrimination within the state. “We have learnt that people of a particular community are being discriminated against in hospitals, ration shops and utility services. This is very wrong in a nation known for Unity in Diversity. Rising above our differences and putting up a united front is the need of the hour” he stated.

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