Bajrang Dal men disrupt Christmas event in Karnataka

Tumakuru (Karnataka, India), December 31 (KMS): Days after Hindutva vigilantes attacked a Christmas celebration in Indian state of Karnataka’s Tumakuru, a complaint has been filed against five local Bajrang Dal members for intimidation and assault by the accused.

The accused men are yet to be booked.

Women of a Dalit household in Tumakuru had warded off an attack by a group of Hindutva vigilantes who barged into their house while they were holding a Christmas gathering on Tuesday.

The incident took place in Bilidevalaya village in Tumakuru’s Kunigal taluk earlier this week.

Ramu Bajarangi, a Bajrang Dal leader from Kunigal district in Tumakuru, told media that a gram panchayat member in the village had noticed that a family had begun holding Christian prayers in their residence in the last one month.

A group of men from the Hindutva outfit had subsequently paid a visit to the family’s house, questioning them about their religious practices. The mob of men had also asked the women in the house why they were not wearing sindoor.

The women had told the intruders that they were Hindus but practised Christian beliefs, as per media.

After an altercation broke out between the two parties, the police had reached the spot.

“Police reached the spot immediately when we got a call and we spoke to both groups. The family was celebrating Christmas but few men have gone there and disrupted it. It was only an argument and there was no violence. We have not registered a case over this,” police inspector Raju P had been quoted as saying by media.