Missionary school in West Bengal gets threat letters; BJP, Congress condemn state govt

A missionary school in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district has received letters, threatening to burn it down if the nun who heads the institute does not leave, reports said on Wednesday.

Kolkata: A missionary school in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district has received letters threatening to set it ablaze if the nun, who heads the institute, does not leave, reports said on Wednesday.

Reports say that the school has received four letters, which threaten to set on fire a nearby church too.

The West Bengal administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the missionary school.

Security was beefed up after the nun filed a police complaint on Sunday.

The latest episode has come to the fore days after a school in Ranaghat was attacked and a 72-year-old nun was gang-raped.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress were today unanimous in their condemnation of the West Bengal government after the Christian missionary school received threat letters.

"It is a matter of great concern. The West Bengal Government should look into this with utmost seriousness and the Chief Minister should ensure that the minorities feel secure in the state. Whoever is involved in this, they should be punished," said Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza.

The BJP, meanwhile, stated that there is a law and order problem in West Bengal, unlike Maharashtra and Haryana, where those accused of attacking churches were nabbed soon.

"It is certainly a law and order problem. We have seen that certain incidents happened in Maharashtra and Haryana also, where BJP is ruling and within 48 hours, the culprits have been arrested and the law has taken its own course," said BJP spokesperson Siddhrath Nath Singh.

While the attacks on churches and other minority institutions continue in various parts of the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said everything will be done to ensure their security.

Commenting on the recent attacks on churches, the Home Minister said, “I will go to any extent to protect minorities. I will do everything to end the sense of insecurity prevailing among minorities.”

A church was allegedly vandalised in Haryana in the last fortnight.

A cathedral premises and a Catholic school where people had gathered for a religious convention were vandalised allegedly by Hindu activists at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh on March 20.

A catholic church located in New Panvel node of Navi Mumbai was attacked by unknown persons in the wee hours of Saturday.

Also, in the last few months, several churches and a school have been allegedly vandalised in Delhi, prompting Christian groups to demand protection for their institutions and strong action against those involved in such acts.

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