Church row: Chamba police nab key accused

Within hours of the Church of North India Bishop,P K Samantaroy threatening a hunger strike against an alleged forced attempt to occupy heritage church property at Dalhousie,the Chamba Police arrested the prime accused in the case Ritesh Kumar late on Saturday evening. He was later remanded to police custody for five days.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published:May 14, 2012 3:41 am

Within hours of the Church of North India (CNI) Bishop,P K Samantaroy threatening a hunger strike against an alleged forced attempt to occupy heritage church property at Dalhousie,the Chamba Police arrested the prime accused in the case Ritesh Kumar late on Saturday evening. He was later remanded to police custody for five days.

Chamba Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Sharma told the Indian Express over phone that the property’s possession has also been restored to the original occupants – the Diocese of Amritsar,CNI – and added that investigations were still on into the FIR already registered against those,who allegedly vandalised the church property.

On Saturday,Bishop P K Samantaroy had met Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and submitted a memorandum alleging that some influential people had made a well-planned attempt to grab the church property and demanded their immediate arrest. The Bishop had further warned that he would go on a hunger strike at Shimla’s Christ Church if the accused were not apprehended.

Chamba SP Sharma said some of the caretakers of the Church property,who are already at Dalhousie,have been briefed about the progress in the case and police having successfully averted the attempt of some elements to occupy Khyber House – a 100-year-old heritage complex.

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