Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh demolished by Hindu groups

Tynumkal said, “We requested the police for protection and they assured us that the mob would only shout some slogans and leave peacefully and even then, they would give protection but the police failed to show up at time… They only came after the mob already left."

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NEW-DELHI: On Monday afternoon, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists demolished a catholic school at Ganj Basoda tehsil in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district. They accused the school authorities for religion conversion. Police said four people have been arrested involved in the crime but also they are looking for other accused by checking the CCTV footage.

The incident took place around 12.10 pm, when around 300 people were gathered outside the St. Joseph High School to protest – while the exams of 12th class students were going on. The protestors in mob turned violent and broke into the school premises and started damaging property. The principal of school, Brother Anthony Tynumkal said that the mob was armed with iron rods and stones. The mob was continuously chanting “Jai Shree Ram” while demolishing the property.

Claiming police inactivity, Tynumkal said, “We requested the police for protection and they assured us that the mob would only shout some slogans and leave peacefully and even then, they would give protection but the police failed to show up at time… They only came after the mob already left.”

Sub-Divisional Police Officer for Ganj Basoda tehsil, Bharat Bhushan, denied the allegation. He said, “It was meant to be a peaceful protest… A few miscreants used the opportunity and hurled stones at the glass cover on the school building and damaged it… The school authorities were not only given protection [but] there was prompt action and police has already taken four members of the Bajrang Dal into custody.”

VHP leader Neelesh Aggarwal, who led the protest at the school, said that as per a media report, eight Hindu girls had been converted at the school on October 31. He said that National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairman Priyank Kanoongo had also written the Vidisha collector over the issue.

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