Six held for forceful religious conversion

Six persons were arrested from Vasai and Palghar areas for allegedly indulging in forceful religious conversion of tribals.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 12:58 PM IST

Thane: Six persons were arrested from Vasai
and Palghar areas for allegedly indulging in forceful
religious conversion of tribals, police said on Friday.

The accused--Vincent Benedict, Alfansoi Davre, Cyger J
D`Souza, Santia Manvel D`Souza, Solomon Shinde and Hari
Rama--were held last night for forcing Hindu tribals in these
talukas to convert to Christianity on the eve of Good Friday,
they said.

The arrests came soon after scores of tribals protested
in front of the Palghar police station demanding immediate
arrest of those involved in conversion activities.

Bowing to pressure, police apprehended the accused and
registered complaints against them under sections 295 A and 34
of the IPC late last night.

The police action was based on a complaint lodged by
Santosh Laxman of Deokop village of Palghar taluka where he
stated that a group of persons repeatedly came to their
village and gave sermons to tribals and preached them on
benefits of conversion following which many of them had
changed their religion.

Meanwhile, security was upped in the area to prevent any
untoward incident, police added.

PTI