Christians protest church blaze in Delhi, police forms SIT

Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe fire at a church in east Delhi which the Christian community alleged was "deliberate".

Christians protest church blaze in Delhi, police forms SIT

New Delhi: Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe fire at a church in east Delhi which the Christian community alleged was "deliberate".

"A special investigation team (SIT) to probe into into the fire at St Sebastian's Church at Dilshad Garden has been set up. The team will be led by a Joint Commissioner of police," said a police source.

Jung today met a delegation led by Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto in the morning at Rajniwas and assured them that an inquiry has been instituted to probe the incident.

Yesterday, the Archbishop also called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urgently order a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons for causing the fire with malicious intent on the complaint of the church's parish priest Father Anthony Francis.

Around 2,000 Catholics had earlier today protested outside the Delhi Police headquarters, demanding a judicial probe into the attack.

The protesters, who also demanded security in Delhi churches, were assured by police that their demands would be met.

On Monday, a Catholic church in east Delhi's Dilshad Garden area was gutted under mysterious circumstances.

The caretakers of the church had alleged the involvement of some unidentified men in the fire. Police had not ruled out any possibility.

(With Agency inputs)

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