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Mission Of Goons
Barely into its second month in office, Uma Bharati’s ‘development-oriented’ government has been majorly embarrassed. Trouble began in the communally sensitive Jhabua district when the body of a minor girl, reportedly raped and murdered, was found on the premises of a missionary institution. Then, on January 16, violence erupted when some Asaram Bapu disciples from Gujarat arrived outside a church in Aamkhoot village of the district. Shots were fired after the initial stone-pelting and one person was killed. Some 12 people, including a priest, have been arrested. Uma Bharati only said, before a 5,000-strong gathering in Bhopal, that missionaries shouldn’t convert in return for their service. The Congress wants the NHRC to step in.