Church Attacks Continue Despite Arrests

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India's police made a significant arrest this past weekend in connection to recent attacks on Christian churches, even as the violence continues to spread.

Two more worship places were attacked Monday in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, despite the arrest of radical Hindu leader Mahendra Kumar last Friday.

Officials said Kumar was "part of the investigation of the attacks on Christian places of worship." He is a top leader of Bajrang Dal, the radical group in Karnataka.

Police say Kumar has admitted he was behind church attacks Karnataka . More than 20 churches there have been defaced in the past week.

On Monday, some men attacked other churches in Bangalore city and neighboring Kodagu, police said. These attacks come after weeks of radical Hindu violence against Christians in Orissa state. At least 25 people have been killed in attacks in this region.

The Indian government has issued an advisory to the Karnataka state government in response to the attacks. The state's ruling part, the Bharatiya Janata Party, says they have made more than 270 arrests, including Kumar. Christian leaders, however, say the BJP has done little to calm the violence.

Christians make up about 2.5 percent of India's population. About 20,000 people have fled their homes and moved to governmental relief camps for safety.

Sources: BBC News, Christian Post, All India Christian Council

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