Rally against govt employee`s `conversion bid`

About 2,000 people took out a procession demanding action against a government polytechnic lecturer.

Udhagamandalam (TN): About 2,000 people on Saturday
took out a procession here demanding action against a
government polytechnic lecturer accusing him of attempting to
convert the locals to Christianity.

The people of B Manihatty village and surrouding localities
dominated by Badaga community, a tribal community of the
Nilgiris District, submitted a memorandum to the District
Collector demanding action against lecturer Moorthy, who had
recently converted to Christianity, police said.

The villagers had yesterday ransacked the house and burnt
the belongings of Moorthy protesting against his plans to
build a prayer hall after obtaining permission for
constructing a residential premises. More than 100 villagers
were arrested in connection with the violence.

The memorandum also demanded a departmental inquiry and
transfer of the district Superintendent of Police, accusing
him of `functioning` against the villagers.

More than 500 police personnel have been deployed in the
town as a precautionary measure in view of the rally taken out


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