Final report on church attacks in 3 months

Secretary of the Commission, Vidya Shankar said here on Friday that 70 per cent of the work has been completed with the cross examination of 754 persons out of the total 1,019 and that of the remaining will be over in the given time.  Of the remaining 265 deponents, 178 are from Dakshina Kannada, 98 being police personnel.  While 41 are from Hindu community the rest belong to Christian community.

Three police witnesses from Bangalore Urban and one from Hyderabad are in the pending list, who will be called for cross-examination. “The cross-examination will begin from Monday. It requires two months to complete the procedure,” Vidya Shankar said.

Among the 754 witnesses who have already been cross examined, 376 are from Dakshina Kannada, 226 are from Davangere, 50 from Bangalore Urban district, 35 are from Udupi and 24 witnesses are from Chikmagalur.  The remaining are: Kolar (12), Chikkaballapur (7), Dharwad (5), Belgaum (4) and other parts of the City.

Of the total petitions filed before the Commission, 554 were from Mangalore, 239 from Davangere followed by 100 from Udupi and 53 from Bangalore. The deposition by Paravasthu Surya Narayana, Founder President, Karunamayi Ministries Religious Trust, Carmel Church from Hyderabad is in the pending list. He is the only petitioner from outside the State.

He has denied the allegations of Hindu outfits that his book Satya Darshini (translated version of Telugu book Ruju Darshini)  was the root cause for the communal violence in the State.

Probe adjourned

The hearing by Justice Somashekar commission inquiring into the attacks on churches across the State was adjourned on Friday as the Davangere Police abstained from the hearing.

The hearing which was scheduled on Thursday and Friday was adjourned after the Police submitted that they were unable to depose before the commission due to the ongoing Gram Panchayat elections. The Police sought time stating that they have been assigned various bandobast duty and are unable to appear before the commission. The hearing has been adjourned.

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