Christianity Took Over Andhra, Police Memo to Protect Churches: Fact Check


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Story:

Christianity took over Andhra Administration? Police Commissioner issues Memo to Protect only Christian minorities and Churches.

Hindu Activists voices are being muzzled with police power

There are thousands of Hindu temples across India where Christians are openly trying to preach and convert Hindus by saying Hindus are devil worshippers.

Andhra administration seems to be working hand in glove with Christian missionaries. Visakhapatnam’s police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena issued a memorandum to the city police to protect minority Christians and their churches from Hindu aggression. As per Vizag’s city police website, RK Meena became commissioner on 27th June 2019 and issued the memorandum on 4th July 2019. Commissioner did not waste any time issuing the orders to protect the Christians. The person who requested protection seems to have close links with the Andhra Christian chief minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

Fact Check:

A story doing rounds online mentions about a Police Memo in Andhra Pradesh Instructing officials to Protect Only Christian minorities and Churches. The circular of the Commissioner of Police raised questions whether Christianity took over the state and is suppressing the voice of Hindu activists. The claims, however, are mixture of hoax and facts, explained below.

About the Police Memo to Protect Churches

Like mentioned in the story, Rajiv Kumar Meena took charge as Visakhapatnam’s Police Commissioner on 27th June 2019. B Daniel Shyam, a Christian citizen approached AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during the weekly Spandana programme, seeking protection. He asked it mentioning terror attacks on Churches in Sri Lanka. In response to the petition of Daniel Shyam through CM Praja Dharbar, Spandana Portal, RK Meena issued the Memorandum circular on 4th July 2019. Likewise, you can see the same below.

Image of Rajiv Kumar Meena’s memorandum to the Vishakhapatnam city police to protect minority Christians and their churches
Rajiv Kumar Meena’s memorandum to the Vishakhapatnam city police to protect minority Christians and their churches

The City Police Commissioner in fact instructed all station house officers (SHOs) of Visakhapatnam to take all precautionary measures to prevent physical attacks on Christian minority people and Churches in their jurisdiction. He also instructed ACPs to visit all Churches once a month, discuss such issues with Church elders and take preventive/protection measures.

Uproar Over Police Chief’s ‘Religious’ Circular

An uproar started on social media after the city police chief’s ‘religious’ circular. It in fact annoyed BJP workers, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other organizations. They said they would protest and submit a memorandum to the Police Commissioner. In the light of incident, a BJP worker said they’ll meet CM and tell him the feelings of different religions. They also demanded the withdrawal of the Police Memo to protect churches.

Police Say Clerical Error

Rajiv Kumar Meena, the Police Commissioner of Visakhapatnam, who sent out the circular, was on leave. Consequently, Deputy Commissioners of Police, Ranga Reddy and Uday Kumar addressed media persons on the issue. They said the issued circular had few clerical errors and was leaked by someone as it circulated on social media. They also said the Commissioner of Police issued a revised memo within short time. He instructed police officials to take necessary precautions to prevent physical attacks on any religious place or places or institutions.

Further, the DCPs said police force was secular and impartial. They said the circular was aimed at providing protection to all religious places, not just churches alone. However, the Times of India website timesofindia.indiatimes.com reported the revised memo did not have any date of issuance or the signature of the police commissioner or the officer concerned.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

References:

Visakhapatnam police blame it on clerical error, deny bias towards any religion


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