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Yeddyurappa orders probe into foreign funds for conversion

September 16, 2008 15:19 IST
Last Updated: September 16, 2008 15:22 IST

Condemning the attack on churches, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Tuesday that he had ordered an inquiry into foreign funds received by 'some elements' for promoting conversion of Hindus in the State.

Yeddyurappa told media-persons in Bengaluru [Images] that conversion was very much taking place in the state and his government would not allow such 'forcible acts' done with material inducements.

Referring to the violence in Mangalore and Udupi in the last few days, he said places where conversion was taking place, except two churches, were attacked.

To a question, he said there was no need for another anti-conversion Bill as the Constitution does not allow such activities.

Everybody had a Constitutional right to follow his or her religion without disturbing communal harmony and peace in the State or in the country, he said. So far, 170 people, including Bajrang Dal activists, had been arrested in connection with the attack on Christians and churches.

The chief minister said his government would not spare anybody if they took law into their hands when an elected government was there to look after the interests of people belonging to all sections of the society. He also warned those taking part in the bandh in Mangalore saying police were instructed to arrest those indulging in violence.

Yeddyurappa also rejected the demand by the opposition parties for dissolving the Assembly adding it was the 'Lok Sabha that had to be dissolved first for Centre's failure in controlling terrorist acts in the country.'


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