Christmas celebrations in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh town were allegedly disrupted by Hindu activists on Tuesday. Hindu activists have alleged that organisers were carrying out religious conversions. According to reports, around 7: 30 pm on Tuesday, a group of people accompanied by the police arrived and ordered the organisers of the event to halt the proceedings. A couple of tribals were allegedly taken into the custody but later released, say media reports. Police officers have denied the allegations of vandalism. “The organisers did not have permission to hold a religious gathering. So, they voluntarily halted the programme upon being approached by the police,” Hindustan Times quoted Pratapgarh superintendent of police Shivraj Meena as saying. The organisers have submitted a memorandum to the district administration, demanded action against those who disrupted the programme. Both the parties have not registered an FIR in the case. Some villagers have alleged that tension has been brewing up for a long time here. “Pratapgarh is a tribal area, the people are being lured to convert,” alleged Sachin Patwa, a villager who demanded action against such conversion. The organisers have denied allegations of conversions. “We come here to pray, and don’t offer any inducement to make people convert,” said Ramesh, Secretary Masih Shakti Samiti. Senior leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena have denied any knowledge of the incident.
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