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Right-wing group storms Christian prayer center over charges of conversion

Udupi, Sep 10 (UNI) Activists of a right-wing group on Friday barged into a Christian prayer center in Karkala and disrupted a prayer meeting on allegations of religious conversion, according to police.
During the incident, a heated exchange of words ensued between the group ‘Hindu Jagarana Vedike’ and the members at the prayer centre, but the situation was brought under control after the police rushed to the spot, Udupi SP Vishnuvardhan told UNI.
The HJV General Secretary Guruprasad, however, alleged that the office bearers had not sought permission to conduct prayers at the centre.
The government has put restrictions on celebrating Ganesh Utsav, but it does not act against owners of the prayer centres who violate Covid norms, Guruprasad said.
“There were 100 plus people inside the prayer centre violating all Covid norms to the wind. There is no police to question them for illegally converting Hindus in the name of prayer centres,” he said.
“On Hindus, the government imposes restrictions on celebrating Ganesh Utsav in a grand manner. Covid rules do not apply to people who convert people?” he questioned.
Guruprasad alleged that the organisation on several occasions in the past had appealed to the police to take action against illegal conversion taking place at Christian prayer centres in the district.
In Karkala taluk, there are far too many such prayer centres who are indulging in illegal conversions, Guruprasad alleged.
If the government and police do not take suitable action, the HJV will aggressively conduct raids on prayer centres indulging in illegal conversions, he warned.
Benedict, who runs the prayer centre, denied conversion taking place at the centre.
However, there were many complaints against Benedict in the past, sources said

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