Congress seeks ban on VHP, Bajrang DalSeptember 19th, 2008 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The Congress Friday sought a ban on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal for their alleged involvement in attacks on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka.“The sister bodies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - VHP and Bajrang Dal - are targeting innocent people and there is a rein of terror in Karnataka. These orgainsations should be banned,” Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here.
The home ministry has issued an advisory to the Karnataka and Orissa governments asking to put a stop to the violence against minorities in the states.
The advisory, issued under Article 355 of the constitution, was issued in the wake of widespread violence against Christians and the destruction of churches by Hindu groups in the two state.
Two places of Christian worship were attacked in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district Friday as well. The trouble began last week when churches and prayer halls in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in the state were attacked by suspected Bajrang Dal activists, who alleged that the churches were enticing Hindus to convert to Christianity.
Churches in Orissa were attacked and communal clashes broke out in parts of the state last month over the killing of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader. The killing was blamed on Christian groups, though police said Maoists were behind the attack.