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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Cases against pamphlets criticising idol worship

Wednesday, 19 January , 2005, 05:26

Bangalore: Six criminal cases have been filed by the police against those circulating pamphlets criticising idol worship ahead of a three-day programme by controversial American evangelist Benny Hinn in Bangalore from Friday.

The cases have been registered in different police stations under section 295 (A) of IPC relating to "communal dissension", city Police Commissioner Mariswamy told PTI. Cases have been filed against Paul Thangaiah, a key organiser, and others.

"The matter (circulation of pamphlets) is under investigation", he said. The BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits had attacked the organizers of Hinn’s "Festival of Blessings: Pray for India" event for the pamphlets that spoke ill of idol worship.

The organizers have, however, disclaimed any responsibility for the pamphlets saying they had not done it and expressed apologies over it.

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