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Monday, September 15, 2008

Police inaction in Mangalore - 15th September 2008

MANGALORE Sept 15: The failure of the police to protect the Christian prayer halls despite prior information about the attacks, and the subsequent brutality on Christian protesters, were the two prominent features of the chaos that erupted in the city. Superintendent of Police (Dakshina Kannada) N. Sateesh Kumar admitted that the police had information that some pro-Hindu organisations were planning to attack Christian places of worship in the district.

He said this before a group of Christian leaders during a meeting at the Adoration Monastery, near Milagres, one of the eight payer halls to have been attacked on Sunday. "We had warned some institutions," he said and added that pickets were posted at strategic places in the city. Reacting to the statement made by Mr. Kumar, the Chancellor of the diocese of Mangalore Fr. Henry Sequeira said: "If the police knew about this in advance and still could not prevent the attacks, then we have no hope."

In an attempt to allay the fears of leaders Mr. Kumar said: "I will take this up as a challenge."


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