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3 held for vandalising Vikaspuri church

Main accused was ‘instigated’ to attack church to prove he is a true Sikh

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: January 16, 2015 1:55 am
The accused at Rajouri Garden police station. (Source: Express Photo by Purushottam Sharma) The accused at Rajouri Garden police station. (Source: Express Photo by Purushottam Sharma)

A day after miscreants vandalised a grotto and damaged a statue of Mother Mary outside Our Lady of Graces Church in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri, police have arrested three persons in connection with the case. Police said footage from the CCTV camera installed outside the church recorded the incident and helped identify the accused.

The men — Harpreet Singh alias Kaka (28), Narender Singh alias Raja (30) and Ravinder Singh (25) — were arrested from their homes in Tilak Nagar after a case of hurting religious sentiments and vandalism was registered against them.

Police claimed that the attack was not politically motivated and none of the accused had any political affiliations.

According to police, the main accused Ravinder is seen breaking the glass of the grotto with his fist and then damaging the statue of Mother Mary, in the CCTV footage. Police said Ravinder’s friend Harpreet, also a Sikh, is seen witnessing the act of vandalism in the footage.

Police said Ravinder was instigated to vandalise the church in order to prove his loyalty towards his religion — Sikhism. Harpreet reportedly accused Ravinder of being disloyal to his religion and needled him to prove that he was a devout Sikh.

“Harpreet told Ravinder that he is not a Sikh but a Christian since he had cut his hair and said Ravinder is one of the many Sikhs who embraced Christianity in Punjab. This enraged Ravinder and he said that he can do anything to prove he is a true Sikh. Harpreet then challenged him to vandalise a church to prove himself,” police sources said. Police said Narender was a witness to the conversation and seconded Harpreet.

Police said all three accused were under the influence of alcohol. They had downed two bottles of liquor before they went to the church. The CCTV footage shows Ravinder getting off his bike outside the church at 4.18 am and breaking a glass panel using his fist. Within 30 seconds, he returns with Harpreet — who is also on his bike — damages the statue of Mother Mary and pulls off the rosary.

Police have recorded detailed statements of all the accused. Further investigation is on.

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    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:43 am
    Are these 3 representatives of Charlie Hebdo India version, or representing which preaches against idol worshiping, or just drunkards? Also it should be enquired whether any of these are self inflicted to get attention and foreign money. Any thing is possible. In the age of Charlie Hebdo those who belive that only salvation is possible if you become a christian and vottaries of "khar vaapasi" are equally to be blamed. We should have a total ban on all missionary activities , equaly by Chirtians and Hindus.All Relegions are poison. According to Islam Christ did not die of crucification, but after having escaped from death on the cross, went to an elevated region with running streams (Kashmir) ."4:158. And their saying, 'We did kill the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah;' whereas they slew him not, nor crucifiedt him, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified; and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no definite knowledge thereof, but only follow a conjecture.....". If Jesus was not crucified at all, is the entire history of crucifixion emphatically denied and the w episode just a fiction or delusion suffered by the Jews, the Christians and the Romans alike?Further, stone thorowing is not prohibitted in Chiristanity. The Christ only said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (Her means mary magdalene)