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Dalits embrace Buddhism, Christianity

Nagpur: Hundreds of Dalits on Saturday embraced Buddhism and Christianity at a programme here, where copies of the Gujarat Government's anti-conversion Bill were burnt.

Dalits from Orissa, Karnataka and Gujarat attended the programme held by the All-India Conference of SC/ST Organisations and the All-India Christian Council on the occasion of World Religious Freedom Day, organisers said.

The conversion to Buddhism was performed by priests, while pastors from the council led by Joseph D'Souza baptised the Dalits.

The police foiled an attempt by a group to burn an effigy of Chief Minister Narendra Modi to protest against the introduction of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2006. The activists raised anti-Modi slogans. — PTI

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