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Malerkotla continues to be tense

Ludhiana: Malerkotla continues to be under tension following the attack on the lone CNI church on 12 September 2010. The administration has imposed curfew in a bid to defuse the situation.

Meanwhile the administration failed to keep up the deadline given by the Christian community to get all those behind the attack arrested by 4 pm on 13 September 2010. In retaliation, thousands of Christians moved to the main junction of the town and blocked the traffic.
This made the administration to come out around 8 pm to admit that no arrest had taken place till then but “they have taken a few people into custody for questioning”. The administration also asked the Christians to disperse.

According to the fact-finding team from All India Christian Council consisting of regional secretary Rev Vinoey, legal adviser Advocate Benny Thomas and Youth Affair secretary Pastor Solomon Philip, around 300 youth gathered at Calvary Church near CMC Hospital waiting for instructions to act.

The team also met various Christian leaders, including Albert Duva – President Christian United Front (CUF), Johnson Gill – Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee, Punjab, Augustine Das (CUF), Rev Koshy (CUF), and Calvary Church priest Rev Varish Masih.

Refuting the allegation that the Christian youth were brandishing swords to retaliate, the team said it was a blatant lie spread by vested interests. In fact all the youth were totally unarmed. They were there only to assist the Christian leaders.

The Christian leadership demanded that they be allowed to send a delegation to visit Malerkotla. The administration agreed to let a seven-member team to visit Malerkotla in the afternoon on 14 September 2010.

(Source: News From Aicc Leader)

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