Attack on Holy Child Auxilium School not vandalism, says principal; police file theft case

In yet another incident which raises serious concerns over safety of institutions linked to the minorities, a Christian school located in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar was allegedly vandalised by some unknown persons late on Thursday.

Attack on Holy Child Auxilium School not vandalism, says principal; police file theft case
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New Delhi: In yet another incident which raises serious concerns over safety of institutions linked to the minorities, a Christian school located in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar was allegedly vandalised by some unknown persons late on Thursday.

According to reports, the window of the Holy Child Auxilium School principal's room was broken and the CCTV cameras installed there were also damaged by some unidentified persons.

The Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Delhi Police in this regard. Meanwhile, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who studied in this school, also visited the institution and inquired about the matter.

The police, which is now probing the matter, has claimed that it may be a case of theft.

Speaking to reporters, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said, “This is not a matter of desecration, it is a case of theft.”

Sister Lucy, Principal, Holy Child Auxilium School also later denied that it was a case of vandalism. Talking to reporters, Sister Lucy said, “This is not a case of vandalism as no religious articles have been touched.”

However, she added that six CCTV cameras were destroyed in the incident and those who barged into the room have ransacked all cupboards and approximately Rs 12,000 is missing.

Another school official, Father Mathew Koyckal was reported as saying that it would be premature to say if it's case of vandalism as the police is investigating the matter.

Importantly, Delhi CM-designate Arvind Kjeriwal has strongly condemned the incident and said that such acts won't be tolerated, in a tweet on micro-blogging website Twitter.

In view of the incident, all classes were cancelled today and security tightened.

The incident, however, evoked sharp reactions from the Christian community and severe condemnation from political parties including Congress.

“Congress strongly condemns this attack, Centre must take strict action,” AICC general secretary Ajay Maken said.

Father Savarimuthu, spokesperson, Delhi Catholic Archdiocese said, “This is sixth incident, now they have started attacking educational institutions, Delhi Police must do its work.”

Earlier when such incidents happened, organisations took 'credit', now nobody knows who they are, Father Savarimuthu said further.

“This is not an isolated incident, we only demand security from the Central government,” he said.

"Certain people came at night, broke CCTV cameras, went to the principal's room and vandalised it," Father Dominic Emmanuel, spokesperson of the Delhi Archdiocese, said in his reaction earlier.

“We are feeling very helpless and insecure, why are we being attacked,” he asked.

Father Dominic concluded by saying, “We are sad, surprised that despite assurances from authorities, Christian institutes are being attacked.”

After massive protests by Christian groups, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had ordered tightening of security around churches and other religious institutions.

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