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Three held for conversion bid

Three held for conversion bid

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The New Indian Express
Date: January 5, 2009
URL: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Three+held+for+conversion+bid&artid=8Vdljjvi5w0=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=

Three, including a woman, were arrested on charges of proselytism by the HAL Airport police on Sunday. They were allegedly trying to lure people to convert with promises of better jobs overseas.

The incident came to light when the residents of Murugeshpalya nabbed Rama Reddy (26) hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Mike Barabas (35) and his wife Asmira Barbas of Karwar, when they were trying to convert the locals on Sunday morning. The arrest was made following a complaint filed by Prabhod Kumar of Murugeshpalya.

"Three people, including the couple, tried to convince us that our religion and God were not real and that we have suffered enough. They even told that our God was responsible for our poor lifestyle. If we converted to their religion, they said they could offer us a better living overseas and financial support," the residents said.

As they tried to approach a bigger group, the locals held them and handed them over to the Airport police. Books, handouts and other materials used for conversion were seized from them.


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