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Church attacks: Central team reviews conditions

Last updated on: September 23, 2008 20:37 IST

A Central team visited Karnataka on Tuesday to assess the situation in the aftermath of attacks on churches in the state. The team is expected to submit its report to the Union government in a week.

The team comprising Special Secretary (Internal Security) M L Kumawat and Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary A K Yadav, who were in Karnataka for a day, visited the Kulashekhara and Milagres churches and also the Father Muller's institution at Mangalore.

Karnataka Home Secretary Sudhakar Rao met with the central team at the Bangalore airport on Tuesday evening and submitted a report detailing the action taken by the state government in the aftermath of the attacks.

It also mentions in-depth the security measures and also the number of arrests carried out following the attacks.

The report also stated that the Bajrang Dal's Karnataka chief was also taken into custody following the incident.

The Central team, which left for New Delhi on Tuesday evening after meeting with the Home Secretary, however refused to comment.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa criticised the UPA government's move asserting that the "law and order situation is very good".

"What is happening in Delhi? Every day, innocent people are being killed by terrorists. The Centre is keeping quiet, but sends letters to Karnataka," Yeddyurappa told the media in Hubli apparently referring to the Centre's two warning advisories to it in the wake of attacks on churches.

'More than two crore Hindus who were forced out of Kashmir are on streets in Delhi and what action the Centre has taken to restore normalcy and ensure their return?" Yeddyurappa asked.  

Additional Reportage: PTI

Vicky Nanjappa