Two people have been arrested by the railway police in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with the mental abuse faced by the nuns from a Kerala-based congregation on a train journey last month.
“In the case of forceful deboarding of nuns and teenagers from coach B-2 of Utkal Express at Jhansi railway station on 19 March 2021, the district administration and police administration have detained Anchal Arjaria and Purgesh Amaria for involvement in the incident. Against will be taken against others also,” the Jhansi administration officials said.
“Around 10 pm at night , a team of the railway police was carrying out a patrolling exercise at the Jhansi railway station when the were informed that two people had been discussing the March 19 incident and saying that the police did not act properly and let off the nuns. The men were questioned and the men got agitated and said they would plan a protest against the cops. This is why they have been arrested. The police has taken suo moto cognizance of this case and we will file an FIR and send them to jail,” a senior official of the railway police, Naeem Kham Mansoori said.
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According to sources, the men arrested are members of right-wing groups in Jhansi. On March 19, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (who accused them of performing religious conversion) and people from other right-wing parties harangued the nuns and their two novices and forced them to get off a train in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. They were only able to proceed after a railway station investigation determined there was no conversion involved. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological mentor, has a student wing called the ABVP.
The case, which occurred just days before Kerala’s elections, sparked outrage. In a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested strict action against the accused.
After the outrage happened, Mr Shah had promised action in the matter. “I want to assure the people of Kerala that the culprits behind this incident will be brought to justice at the earliest,” Mr Shah had said during a Kerala election rally.
“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,” Union Minister Goyal told last week.