Mangaluru churches organise special prayers for communal harmony

The Catholic churches in Mangaluru have organised special prayers for communal harmony as sectarian tension prevails in the southern Indian coastal city.

Aug 05, 2022


By Thomas Scaria

The Catholic churches in Mangaluru have organised special prayers for communal harmony as sectarian tension prevails in the southern Indian coastal city.

Three youths — two Muslim and one Hindu, were killed in separate incidents of targeted violence by extremist groups from both the communities in Mangaluru suburbs forcing police to impose section 144 in the region until August 5.

Fr Joseph Martis, parish priest of Most Holy Redeemer Church, Darebail, said in his Sunday sermon on July 31 that the city requires more prayers and divine blessings as communal tension mounts day by day.

“Young people are being sacrificed in the name of their religion and politics and people here live in fear and anxiety,” said the priest. A special prayer followed the homily.

The tension started with the murder of an 18-year-old Muslim B. Masood, in Sullia, some 85 km southeast of Mangaluru, followed by the killing of a Hindu youth, Praveen Nettaru, Taluk president of the Yuva Morcha, a youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The police could not make any serious breakthrough in both the cases and several office bearers of the youth wing resigned from their positions to pressurise the state government to arrest the culprits.

Meanwhile, another youth Mohammed Fazil was killed by a group of masked men in Surathkal, near Mangaluru.

Around 20 young men were taken into custody for questioning, including the owner of the car used in the attack according to information from the police. The car owner arrested is a Catholic youth, who claimed to have only rented his car to the assailants.

“Whichever community they belonged, we have lost three young people. Let us join the grief of their family members and pray for peace,” Fr Martis urged the congregation.

Most Catholic churches organised a prayer service for peace during the Sunday Mass on July 31.

Mangaluru has experienced sporadic incidences of communal violence, moral policing, and attack on pubs and bars in the recent years. -- Matters India

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