RAMANAGARA: At least 12 people were detained by the Kanakapura Town police for attempting to convert tribals to Christianity at Muduvadi in Kanakapura taluk, early on Tuesday. They were released later.
According to police, after gathering specific inputs, a team of its personnel conducted raids in the morning and took at least 12 people into custody for questioning.
Nagarjuna, the district president of the Sri Rama Sene alleged that there were allegations of forceful religious conversion in Nawajibare Nagar of Kanakapura. “On this ground, we filed a complaint with the Kanakapura police. There are 3 to 4 tribal families belonging to the community living in Muduvadi. About 8 to 10 people were kept in a house in Kanakapura town for conversion on Monday night. We got information that they would be sent to a church in Bengaluru. Based on this, we lodged a complaint”, he said.
“More than 10 people were detained and interrogated on Tuesday morning. They were converting poor people of Muduvadi, which is part of Tamil Nadu. Forceful religious conversions are increasing in Kanakapura nowadays”, he claimed.
“If the police had conducted an in-depth probe into the case, the truth would have been revealed. A task force should be formed by the police. Conversion activities are taking place in every house,’ Nagarjuna claimed.
He further questioned, “Who has given Rs 10 lakh in cash for handing over gomala land to a certain community? The district administration was aware of it. The police say that there is a lack of evidence. They should investigate all other issues too properly”, he said.
Nagarjuna insisted that the Ramanagara SP, DC, and the authorities concerned should take stern action against those involved in illegal conversions.