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Somasekhara Commission resumes inquiry

ICC Note

The commission was established by Indian government to inquire about attacks against Christians and churches.

By Babu Thomas

02/10/2010 India (Christian Today)-A week after sending the interim report on church attacks in Mangalore and Dakshina Kannada districts, Justice B K Somasekhara Commission has resumed inquiry till a final report is submitted to the state government.

In the latest, a local Christian group submitted a set of documents against the Bajrang Dal and its then state convener Mahendra Kumar, accusing them of deliberate attacks against minority Christians.

Appearing before the Somasekhara Commission, Anil Colaco of Karnataka Christa Sanghatanegala Okkoota, produced several news clippings, letters written to government authorities and copies of police complaints regarding alleged atrocities against Christians in Chikmagalur district.

Responding to the statement, Congress Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah said, “The government has spent Rs 2 crore on a commission that has given a report that is in tune with what we have been saying all along about the church attacks.”

Justice Somasekhara, a former High Court judge, in his interim report accused top police officers, district administration and other authorities to have colluded with the right-wing Hindu organisations during the violence on Christians.

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