Right-wing groups in Karnataka have reportedly attacked four members of the Christian community and set their religious books on fire. The incident took place when representatives of the Christian community were going door-to-door as part of a preaching drive. They were intercepted and questioned by members of the right-wing groups, who then snatched the booklets and set them on fire. According to police, members of the Christian community in Srinivaspur town of Kolar district, about 65 km from Bengaluru, were on Saturday reportedly going door-to-door to distribute some religious texts when members of right-wing groups protested and set them ablaze. Hindustan times reported, “Some neighbours in Srinivaspur objected to these people going door-to-door and handing out some reading material. Although material appeared to be greeting cards for Christmas,” the official, who did not wish to be named, said. The official clarified that the Bible, the holy book of the Christians, was not among the items that were set on fire by the right-wing members, added the report in Hindustan times.
A police source told The Indian Express that the people from the Christian community later met the cops and narrated the incident. They also said that no forced conversion had taken place and they had come to discuss the drive to distribute religious books. But no complaint was registered against the members of the right-wing bodies.