Jaipur, December 20: Some unknown people on Tuesday protested against Christmas celebration in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh town under the pretext that alleged religious conversions were being carried out during the event. Also Read - Is Mewat Turning Out To Be New Jamtara in Cyber Frauds?
As per a video clip of the incident, a number of Hindu activists created a ruckus at the event, organised by the Pratapgarh branch of the ‘Masih Shakti Samiti’ for tribals, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - Rajasthan Govt Imposes Night Curfew In Jaipur, Ajmer and 8 Other Cities Till April 30 As COVID Cases Soar
Narrating the incident, event coordinator Karu Lal said they were attacked by about 20 people that evening. “The event started at 10 AM yesterday, but around 7.30 PM, a group of people accompanied by the police arrived at the scene and ordered us to halt the proceedings,” he said.
The event coordinator said the additional collector gave permission to hold the event. “He then told us to get the Pratapgarh police’s permission. However, when we visited the local police station, the station house officer simply took a photocopy of the letter and told us to go ahead with the programme. He refused to give us his permission in writing,” Lal said.
According to a copy of the application, the event was to be held from 10 AM on December 19 to 3 PM the next day.
Denying allegations of vandalism, Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police Shivraj Meena said, “The organisers did not have permission to hold a religious gathering. So, they voluntarily halted the programme upon being approached by the police.”
Lal also condemned the incident. “We have faith in Jesus Christ, and had gathered to offer prayers to him. I don’t know why they disrupted the event,” he said.