Three held for vandalising west Delhi church
The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested three men in connection with yesterday's vandalism at a church in west Delhi.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested three men in connection with yesterday's vandalism at a church in west Delhi.
Police said the three men were not related to any group or party and vandalised the church under the influence of alcohol.
The act of vandalising the church in the wee hours on Wednesday was caught on a CCTV camera.
The footage shows a man, who came on a scooter at 4:19 am, entering the church premises and breaking a glass pane with his fist. He then leaves before returning again after about a minute along with an accomplice, who is riding a motorcycle. The miscreant then pulls down a statue.
Police have registered a case at Vikaspuri Police Station and efforts are on to nab the attackers, police said.
The incident came to light around 6:30 am when Assistant Father Balraj reached the 'Our Lady of Graces Church'.
The attack came more than a month after a mysterious, early morning fire destroyed St Sebastian's Church in Dilshad Garden, prompting allegations of foul play by Christian groups.
Delhi Archbishop JT Couto yesterday expressed concern over "growing attacks" on churches, terming them "orchestrated".
"A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks on churches is emerging as more and more churches are targeted, vandalised and set on fire. This is very disturbing and we request the local authorities to take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants...," the Archbishop said.
He further alleged that the attacks are aimed at creating a fear psychosis and tension among different communities.
"As a minuscule minority, we focus on serving the poor and the nation at large. But the growing number of attacks on churches and personnel in different parts of the country is aimed at creating a fear psycho and tension among different communities," he said.
(With agency inputs)