Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said there was “no attack” on the two nuns during a train journey via Uttar Pradesh recently and alleged that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was “lying and making false statements” on the issue.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said there was “no attack” on two nuns during a train journey via Uttar Pradesh recently and alleged that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was “lying and making false statements” on the issue.
“There was no attack on any nun whatsoever…the Chief Minister of the state (Kerala) is completely lying and making false statements when he says that,” Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Earlier, two nuns belonging to a Kerala-based congregation, who were travelling on a train from Delhi to Rourkela in Odisha with their two postulates, were allegedly forced to deboard the train in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi on Friday after an ABVP worker accused them of forced conversion. The two nuns and two postulants were taken off an express train and detained for questioning by the railway police in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi on March 19.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had then written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking his intervention in the matter. In his letter, Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that the four nuns, including two postulants, were harassed by Bajrang Dal members and police in Jhansi. Amit Shah then responded to Pinarayi Vijayan’s letter and said strict action will be taken against those involved in the incident.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said the nuns and the postulants were forcefully removed from the train by the Jhansi Police without the presence of any woman personnel.
Reacting to this, Piyush Goyal on Monday said the local police, after receiving a complaint against the nuns, had made an investigation whether the complaint was correct.
“There was an allegation. Some people made a complaint (against the nuns). It is the duty of the police to find out whether the complaint is correct or wrong. Police made enquiries. Checked all their documents, made enquiries (to ensure) that they are genuine passengers going for the correct purpose and then immediately let them go,” Piyush Goyal said.
Piyush Goyal also dismissed the allegations that the alleged student activists associated with the Sangh Parivar outfit had pulled the nuns out of the train.
“That is absolutely wrong,” Piyush Goyal said.
Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the attack on nuns from Kerala in Uttar Pradesh was a result of the “vicious propaganda” run by the Sangh Parivar.
In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, “The attack in UP on nuns from Kerala is a result of the vicious propaganda run by the Sangh Parivar to pitch one community against another and trample the minorities.”
He added it is time for the nation to “introspect and take corrective steps to defeat such divisive forces”.
Source: India Today