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A priest who was posing as a police sub-inspector has been arrested in Devala near Gudalur in Nilgiris, on Tuesday for using his fake status to convert tribals.

K Shymon P Paul, 38, of Koladi in Kottayam and a member of Nelliyalam branch of Gospel in Action Fellowship in India was seen wearing a police uniform. When Devala police inquired into the matter, it became known that the priest was not only converting the tribals, but was also conning people into giving him free food, accommodation and transport services.

He also used his fake status as a policeman to covert tribals into Christianity, police said.

Paul had a fake ID and a bank passbook with his picture in police uniform.

He has been booked under IPC sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 for cheating and fraud.

The forced conversions of tribals by Christian missionaries is not a new thing.  According to christianagression.org, “Missionaries are systematically targeting specific regions of India in hopes of converting the entire nation to their brand of fanatic Christianity.”

A few days back, while the world watched with bated breath the unfolding tragedy in Nepal, a few on twitter were busy propagating Christian missionary agenda.

The twitter handle, belonging to a certain Matthew Armendarez, which was the first to tweet religiosity, tweeted that about how 99.5% of Nepal is untouched by Christianity and could not hear the Gospel before death.

Similarly, an insensitive US pastor Tony Miano had tweeted, “Praying 4 the lost souls in Nepal. Praying not a single destroyed pagan temple will b rebuilt & the people will repent/receive Christ.”

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The City police will return all 6,852 vehicles . Pixabay

City police will start returning more than 6,852 vehicles seized during Covid lockdown from Friday onwards, a top police official said on Thursday.

“It has been decided to return the Corona seized vehicles from May 1 (Friday) onwards. Those seized first will be returned first,” tweeted Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Rao said the move has been approved by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

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“The documents will be verified and vehicles will be returned. This has approval of chief minister and home minister. We are doing the paperwork to ease the process,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao. (Representational Image).Pixabay

“The documents will be verified and vehicles will be returned. This has approval of chief minister and home minister. We are doing the paperwork to ease the process,” he said.

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Almost a month ago on April 1, police had already seized 6,852 vehicles, comprising 6,321 two-wheelers, 227 three-wheelers and 304 four-wheelers.

Rao did not reveal how many more vehicles were seized in the last 30 days. (IANS)

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Police in Spain Hand Out Millions of Masks to Commuters

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A member of Civil Protection gives out free protective face masks outside a food store during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ronda, southern Spain. VOA

Police in Spain handed out millions of masks to commuters Monday as the country started to ease its tough coronavirus lockdown, allowing some businesses to reopen.

Construction and manufacturing businesses were allowed to reopen, while retail businesses remained closed and office workers were encouraged to keep doing their jobs from home.

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Commuters wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus at Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain. VOA

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Transportation officials said that they were limiting the number of riders on trains and buses and passengers were spaced one meter apart.

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Spain’s Health Ministry reports, as of Monday, the cumulative death toll from the coronavirus rose to 17,489, up 517 from 16,972 on Sunday. Total confirmed cases reached 169,496, up from 166,019 the previous day. (VOA)

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Respect Police as they are ‘Friends not Enemy’: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Respect police, they are not enemy appeals Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday appealed to the people to respect policemen as they were "friends and not enemy". Wikimedia Commons

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday appealed to the people to respect policemen as they were “friends and not enemy”, telling the force to handle violent situations calmly by remembering the advice of independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Speaking at the 73rd Raising Day of Delhi Police, the Minister said that police ensures peace and security in the country without religion and caste considerations. Hence, he said, police needs to be respected.

“It (police) helps when needed. It is not an enemy of anyone. It is a friend in maintaining peace and tranquility. So it should be respected. I appeal to the people that those who criticise the police should be heard. There is no problem in it. But, we should not overlook the fact that over 35,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives in protecting the country since Independence,” Shah said.

He said that while people enjoy every festival during the year, a policeman’s festival is to ensure public security. Policemen are always on duty without taking any offs on festivals like Holi, Diwali and Eid, he said.

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Amit Shah mentioned about late Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who lost his life in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter with terrorists. Wikimedia Commons

Since 1991, Shah said, 30 Delhi policemen have died in the line of duty. He recalled the sacrifices of five Delhi Police Constables who lost their lives while protecting Parliament during a terror attack there on December 13, 2001.

He also mentioned late Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma who lost his life in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter with terrorists. Sharma was awarded the highest peace-time gallantry medal, Ashok Chakra, on January 26, 2009.

Pointing out that the Delhi Police was established by Sardar Patel, the Minister said that the force had managed to fulfil the expectation of the great leader who wanted it to be calm while dealing with provocative incidents and also ensure protection to the citizens from hooligans.

“Because of Delhi Police’s alertness, the capital city is able to organise several big events,” Shah said, adding that the force is now among the best police forces in the world.

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Stressing on women security, Shah said that the Home Ministry has approved 9,300 CCTVs for Delhi Police for women security. The Centre has also provided 4,500 four-wheelers and 1,600 motorcycles to the force in different phases.

“I hope these facilities will improve Delhi Police efficiency to enable the force to ensure better security in the national capital.” (IANS)