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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Protesting Hinn's Show, BJP Activists Block Bangalore-Mysore Road

January 19, 2005, 4:22 pm

Vijay Times
Channapatna
20 January 2005

The Hindu Jagrana Vedike unit here along with BJP activists blocked the busy Bangalore-Mysore highway for an hour near the Spun Silk Mill in protest against the Benny Hinn show scheduled to be held in Bangalore from Friday.

The agitators threatened of bloodbath at the event venue if the Government failed to stop the show. The pamphletes distributed by the organisors of the show have hurt Hindu sentiments. The main intention of the event is to convert Hindus to Christainity.

They also came down heavily on the `so called' secular politicians, who had barred Hindus from staging the Shoba Yatra in Bababudangiri hill shrine.
In Sidlaghatta, BJP leaders led by Baluvanahalli Lokesh and Janata Party leader Muthur Rajendra urged the Government to cancel the Benny Hinn show. Addressing a joint press meet, they said the organisers had hurt Hindu sentiments.
They saw a conspiracy to convert people into christainity. They said if he had divine healing powers let him cure the illness of his people and then pray for India.

In Srinivaspur, local Bajrang Dal activists led by taluk convenor G S Chandrashekar took out a procession through the main thoroughfares of the town demanding cancellation of the show.

Addressing the protestors, he said Benny Hinn was raking in crores of rupees from the show. They submitted a memorandum to Governor through the tahsildar to cancel the show.

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