June 11. 2000
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Dr. Y. P. Chhibbar, General Secretary, PUCL has issued the following Statement.
There have been, in the past a few days, a series of crimes targeting the Churches and the Christians. Brother George Kuzhikandam was brutally murdered in the Assissi Ashram in Navada near Mathura. Powerful explosions rocked two Churches at Ongole and Tadepalligudem in Andhra Pradesh. A bomb exploded in St. Andrews Church in Vasco Da Gama in Goa. Explosions took place at the Roman Catholic Church at Wadi, Chittapur, Karnataka. The Chief Minister of UP labeled the murder of Brother George Kuzhikandam as an ordinary case of crime not related to anti-Christian violence. The Andhra Chief Minister claimed the explosions at Ongole due to politics within the Church. Another theory advanced by the UP Chief Minister is the pet theory of the Union Home Minister, ISI agents are behind the crimes. All these theories have been officially advanced without a proper enquiry.
The PUCL demands a proper high level enquiry by a Commission headed by a Retired Supreme Court Judge with representatives of the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Minorities on it.
Y. P. Chhibbar Ph.D.
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(PUCL Bulletin, July 2000)