Koreans ‘spreading Christianity’ being sent home today

Posted on August 14, 2010


VISA VIOLATION: 2 were in town as students, 3 as tourists

The Pune police will deport five South Koreans, including three women, who had allegedly been propagating Christianity while on student and tourist visas.

The police said the five had gone from door to door distributing pamphlets in Pimpri-Chinchwad on Wednesday, leading to a brawl with a group of local Hindu activists. The Koreans have not appointed a lawyer, accepted their deportation and will fly home Friday, the police said.

“Those who come to the country on student visa should limit themselves to academics. But the five Koreans were found to be propagating Christianity, which created a law and order problem. As per law, this act is a gross violation of visa rules. So we have asked the foreigners to leave India,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (special branch) Makrand Ranade told The Indian Express.

“Two of them had come to Pune on student visas for a short-duration computer course. The other three had come a fortnight earlier on tourist visas. They are not supposed to indulge in any activity that creates a law and order problem,” he said.

The Pimpri police said activists from organisations like the BJP and the Shiv Sena found Shane Geo, San Chu, Sahit Sumin, Jang Kunoy, F Kinjus ditributing pamphlets at Ajmera Colony, Santa Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri. Following the brawl, the activists dragged the Koreans to the police station. Each group lodged a non-cognisable complaint against the other, and the police filed offences.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Dnyaneshwar Chavan said, “Legal action was taken against both groups for causing a law and order problem. Details on the foreigners were sent to the special branch for further action.”

Hours after the clash, unidentified persons pelted stones on a catholic church in Pimple Gurav while another group tried to damage a statue of Mother Mary in Kasarwadi.

Police suspect the same group was involved in both incidents. However, Deputy Commissioner Chavan said, “ So far we have not found any link between the stone pelting and the foreigners’ brawl with Hindu activists.”

Father Francis of St Thomas Catholic Church in Pimple Gurav said his church was attacked on Wednesday night and the glass around Mother Mary’s statute was broken. “I have no clue which group or person is involved in the act. But it was certainly done with a plan.”

Senior police inspector Shantaram Tayde said an offence has been registered against unidentified persons.

At a service station in Kasarwadi on Pune-Mumbai Road, miscreants tried to damage a statue of Mother Mary. The owner of the service station lodged a complaint at the Bhosari police station.

Chandan Haygunde, http://indianexpress.com Posted: Fri Aug 13 2010, 01:35 hrsPune: