the outcastes, the weakest of the company, are lured by the benefits that are attributed to become Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist. The VHP (fundamentalist party) organizes this conversion for almost a year. Sajan George, "It's against the constitution to ensure benefits to all except the Christians."
by Nirmala Carvalho
Those detained are apparently affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamesevak Sangh, a Hindu extremist paramilitary group. The Global Council of Indian Christians praises the authorities’ swift action.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Police in Kerala arrested five people in connection with an attack against a Christian prayer group in Attingal.
According to law enforcement sources, the five could be members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu radical paramilitary group. Police, which is still looking for their accomplices, filed complaints against 20 people.
A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi on Friday sentenced 10 persons to eight years in jail for chopping off the right palm of a college professor for preparing a question paper that allegedly contained blasphemous references against Prophet Mohammed.
Last week, the court had found 13 people guilty in the case. Three other accused would be getting a 2-year jail term. Besides jail, the accused would also have to pay a fine of Rs 8 lakh to the teacher.
Besides attempt to murder, conspiracy and sedition charges were also slapped against the accused.
Though the NIA had sought life term for all accused, the court rejected its contention. The NIA prosecutor said he is not happy with the verdict and will appeal to a higher court.
Apr 30, 2015, 12.24 PM IST
The court examined 306 prosecution witnesses and four defence witnesses in the case.
KOCHI: The NIA special court here has convicted 13 people in the sensational palm chopping case of a college professor while letting go 18 other accused.
The case relates to chopping off the right palm of a college professor, TJ Joseph, by a seven-member gang, alleged to be members of Popular Front of India (PFI). It was on July 4, 2010 that a gang attacked Prof TJ Joseph of Newsman College, Muvattupuzha, while he was returning along with his family from church.