Police probing Haryana church attack;

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Police probing Haryana church attack;

The Hindu;  16-03-2015

Following reports that a church in Hisar district has been vandalised, police are now probing into the case. The church priest in Kaimri village had filed a complaint against the rioters.

Father Subhash Chand was away to Ambala when his under construction Williwarsh church was desecrated in Kaimri village of Hisar, investigation by the Haryana Police into the incident has revealed.

“A complaint has been lodged with us by Subhash Chand about vandalism at the church. Everyone has a right to practice their religion and our duty is to establish the rule of law. So we have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. We are now investigating of any of the 14 people named inn the complaint were involved in the incident or not or if it was the handiwork of some other people,” said Inspector General (Hisar Range) Anil Kumar Rao while talking to The Hindu.

The Haryana Police have in the meanwhile deployed a large number of personnel in the village and restricted the entry of outsiders to prevent the incident from snowballing into a major one.

The church was coming up in an unauthorised colony in Kaimri village. Like all other residents, Subhash Chand had bought a plot there and was constructing a house. But he has complained that about a month ago when he installed a cross outside the house, activists of the Bajrang Dal and some local residents had objected to his making a church there.

On his return from Ambala, Subhash Chand found the place vandalised. Inside the building the Holy Cross had been damaged and an idol of Lord Hanuman had been installed. A flag with the image of Lord Ram had also been installed there.

On noticing the desecration, Subhash Chand had lodged a complaint with the police. He had named 14 persons who had threatened him earlier in the complaint. Subsequently a case was registered under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (destroying, damaging a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class of persons), 380 (theft in a building), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

Subhash Chand also alleged that his scooter and some other items had been stolen from the premises.

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