MHA may order probe to find if any pattern is behind attacks on churches, school in Delhi
In the backdrop of attacks on some churches in Delhi and vandalisation of a Christian school on Friday, the Home Ministry may order a thorough probe into all these incidents to find whether any particular group or organisation was involved in it.
New Delhi: In the backdrop of attacks on some churches in Delhi and vandalisation of a Christian school on Friday, the Home Ministry may order a thorough probe into all these incidents to find whether any particular group or organisation was involved in it.
Apparently unconvinced by the recent report of the Delhi Police, which suggested that the attacks on churches in the national capital had no "pattern", a senior Home Ministry official said deliberations were on whether to order a probe to find the reasons and who could be behind the attack on religious places and institution of Christians.
"We do not know who is behind the incidents but we have to analyse if there is any pattern in the series of incidents in recent past," the official said.
Interestingly, the Delhi Police in its report, which was submitted after the vandalisation of a church in Vasant Kunj area, said that there was no particular "pattern" linking the five incidents of "vandalisation" of churches. The incident at Vasant Kunj was just a "stray" case of theft, it had said.
While reasoning out its conclusion, the Delhi Police also conveyed to the Home Ministry that the national capital had also seen thefts in 265 temples last year.
A Christian delegation, who had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 5, demanded setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the attacks on churches under the supervision of the Delhi High Court.
They had claimed that the incidents of alleged attacks on churches have increased in the last six months.
"Police have done nothing and they have described the incidents as simple theft, burglary and trespassing. We told the Home Minister that these were not simple incidents but attack on our religious places," said community leader John Dayal after meeting the Home Minister.
Five churches were attacked in the last two and half months in Delhi and holy relics and holy communion were destroyed.
Unidentified persons had vandalised a prominent Christian school in South Delhi's Vasant Vihar early today.