Allegations against forceful conversions baseless, says pastor

Somasekhara Commission examines 6 witnesses in Udupi


 Justice B K Somasekhara conducting the hearing in Udupi on Tuesday. DH photo

New Life Fellowship Pastor T V Gopinath confirming that he can identify the miscreants, said that allegations against the prayer hall on forceful conversion are entirely baseless. He held Bajarang Dal and other Hindu organisations responsible for the attack.

Justice Somasekhara speaking to the media on the first day of the inquiry on Monday informed that 103 petitions have been received in Udupi district, of which 30 petitions have been chosen for inquiry.

The inquiry process is associated with 29 districts of the State. Inquiry into the attacks has been held in 24 districts and 5 are pending. Udupi is the 25th district. The Commission has received more than 1,000 petitions in the State. The Commission expects to complete the inquiry by the end of November and intends to submit the interim report shortly to the government.

About five witnesses were examined on the first day of the inquiry by the Commission.

K A Abraham, Pastor of Divine Deliverance Prayer Centre of Neerugadde of Shiroor said that about 25 persons attacked the prayer centre on that ill fated day. He gave an account of the entire happening and produced some witnesses as proof.

The prayer centre incurred damage of about Rs 4 lakh and also informed that the number of devotees attending the prayer meeting has drastically decreased after the attack.

Sri Rama Sene activist Madhukar Mudradi flayed the allegations and said that it has nothing to do with the activists. “It is a blame game. The Sene had urged the government to come out with anti-conversion law, but all in vain, the Government has not taken any necessary measure,” he said.

Advocate for Commission Shashikala, Legal Advisor S R Raviprakash, Advocate for Christian memorialists Mary Shrestha, Advocates for Hindu memorialists Nagraj, Advocate for Karnataka Christian Mission Network Novabethania and others were present.

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