Judicial probe ordered into attacks on places of worship

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Bangalore, Sep 19 (UNI) The Karnataka government today ordered a judicial inquiry into the recent attacks on places of worship in the southern districts of the state.

Talking to newspersons here, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa would decide on the modalities of the judicial probe.

The government, which had initially refused to order such an inquiry gave in and decided to order the probe, following widespread demands.

Corps of Detectives (CoD) inquiry, which had been already ordered by the state government, would also be conducted parallel with the judicial probe, he said.

To a question, he said the state government had received a letter from the Union Home Ministry on the law and order situation in the wake of violence in the state.

''This is advisory in nature and does not refer to Article 355 of the constitution as reported in the media,'' he claimed.

The Minister said the BJP government would take all necessary steps to prevent any further violence in the state.

Following the criticism of police failing to tackle the situation in Mangalore effectively, the Minister said Superintendents of Police would be held responsible if any new attacks on minorities occurred in the state.

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