Police of New Delhi have arrested 16 people after they barged into two catholic schools in India on Tuesday. According to UCAN India, police in Hazaribagh city, where the attacks occurred, said a group from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BPJ), were trying to close down the two schools.
Young men broke open the gates and jumped off the boundary to get into the school. As the police arrived on time, there was not much damage. Sr Clerita De Mello, principal of the Holy Cross School told the attackers carried ABVP flags and also shouted slogans against Christians and missionaries as they surged into her office.
In a violent threatening tone some attackers even asked why the pictures of Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning, had not been erected in the school. School officials have said that writing abusive slogans on wall, menacingly charging into school buildings and destroying property has become common place in the recent past.
The attacks are “part of a plan to scare away Christian missionaries” from the poverty-stricken area, where many people from tribal communities live, said Fr Gerald D’Souza, an education advocate.
The government however has rejected claims of it being an attack on the Christian minority and officials have also stated that Muslim institutes are similarly targeted.