Carol singers detained

Christmas carol singers detained over allegations of religious conversion in MP

BHOPAL: A group of 32 Christmas carol singers were detained by police in Satna of Madhya Pradesh over their alleged involvement in forceful religious conversions by the right-wing group Bajrang Dal on Thursday night.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) said that the group comprised seminarians and two priests from St Ephrem's Theological College in Satna and were detained when they were conducting a routine carol singing program. They were picked up by police from outside as they were moving around the town singing carols for Christmas.
Later when eight other priests went to the civil lines police station inquiring the matter, they too were held. One of their cars was also set afire outside the police station.
Senior police officials including Satna SP Rajesh Hingankar did not respond to repeated calls for their version on the matter. Chief of the state's intelligence wing Rajeev Tondon however said that a cross complaint has been done and all allegations are being verified to the depth. "Justice would be done", Tondon told TOI.