B’gavi Family Assaulted Over Alleged Conversion | Hubballi News – Times of India


BELAGAVI: Members of a right-wing outfit allegedly assaulted and robbed a dalit family of five, including three women, over allegations of conversion at Tukkanatt in Mudalagi. District police have booked seven people under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act and Indian Penal Code.
On the afternoon of December 29, pastor Akshaykumar Karaganvi was holding prayers at his residence when seven members of a right-wing organisation barged into the house and asked them to stop the prayers. The accused said that the family was converting neighbours and beat them up. Bharati Vyapari, one of the victims who was injured in the attack, is being treated for burns at a hospital in the district.
The pastor’s spouse, Kavita, in her complaint filed at Ghataprabha police station, said that the accused splashed hot curry on Bharati, besides outraging the modesty of Mahadevi Jogi.
They also attacked me when I tried to pacify them,” Kavita told police. One of the attackers also snatched a gold chain of Sudhakar Bhimappa Vyapari, she added.
Kavita said the prayer was an annual affair at her place after Christmas celebrations and has denied allegations of conversion.
The accused have been identitied as Shivanand Shivalingappa, Ramesh Dandapur, Parasappa Babu, Fakirappa Bagewadi, Krishna Kantikar, Chetan Rajendra and Manatesh Basalngappa.
The the accused have been booked under IPC sections 326 (causing grievous hurt by dangerous means, 354 (outraging the modesty of women) and 392 (robbery). No arrests have been made.
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