//Publisher of book 'Haqeequat' arrested

Publisher of book 'Haqeequat' arrested


Samuel Thomas, allegedly involved in a conspiracy to publish a controversial book ‘Haqeequat’ which has certain references against Hindu and Jain deities, was today arrested in NOIDA on the outskirts of Delhi by Rajasthan police.

Samuel, son of M S Thomas, founder of Emmanuel Mission Society, was caught while he was roaming in NOIDA around 1200 hrs by a team of Rajasthan policemen who had launched a search for him for the past one week, Kota Superintendent of Police Sanjay Agarwal told PTI over phone.

Father and son duo were wanted in the case registered against them under Section 295-A of IPC last month for allegedly spreading hatred among communities and religion, the SP said adding Samuel’s father is still at large.

The book was seized from the mission’s library, the SP said.

A Kota court had rejected their bail plea earlier this month and issued the non-bailable arrest warrants against the duo, the SP said.

The mission had come into limelight last year when it had organised a religious discourse in Kota drawing violent protest from Sangh parivar outfit who had alleged that the organisation was involved in conversion.


Action against Sangh Parivar outfits demanded
Jaipur (ICNS) — More groups have out in the open to support Christians in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Sadbhav Manch and Rajasthan Muslim Forum have demanded stringent action against Hindu outfits, which have attacked Christian institutions and places of worship across the state for the past fortnight.

The attacks came under the pretext of opposing a controversial book that the Hindu groups allege has ridiculed the Hindu and Jain deities.

The leaders of the two organisations alleged at a press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday that anti-social elements owing allegiance to Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Manch and Shiv Sena had tacit support of the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

They also accused the government of remaining a "mute spectator” to attacks on the life and property of Christians.

The Hindu organisations have held violent protests in several towns in the state against the book "Haqeeqat” (Reality), written in reply to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader M.S. Golwalkar’s "A bunch of thoughts.”

The groups have also indulged in stone-throwing and vandalism at churches and mission schools and disrupted the Sunday Masses.

Christian institutions in Kota, Jhalawar, Beawar and Rajsamand witnessed raids and attacks in the presence of police force.