In report on church attacks, Bassi told Centre: Theft in 206 temples last year

According to the data, 206 temples, 30 gurdwaras, 14 mosques and three churches were burgled in 2014.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2015 8:32 am
Bassi presented the data at a meeting with Home Ministry officials after he was summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bassi presented the data at a meeting with Home Ministry officials after he was summoned by PM Narendra Modi.

Asked to explain the recent spate of thefts and attacks on churches in the Capital, Delhi Police commissioner B S Bassi has told the Home Ministry that more cases of thefts were reported from temples, gurdwaras and mosques.

Bassi presented the data at a meeting with Home Ministry officials after he was summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the data, 206 temples, 30 gurdwaras, 14 mosques and three churches were burgled in 2014.

However, Bassi was told by Home Secretary L C Goyal that in the wake of the recent cases, there was a perception that a particular community was being targeted. The ministry asked Bassi to solve cases of alleged vandalism of five churches and a Christian school on an urgent basis since such incidents create animosity between different communities.

Delhi-policeAt a function on Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that such incidents “dent the image” of the police. He added that though providing security to a diverse city like Delhi was a difficult task, the Delhi Police had to do it.

“The police chief was asked to solve on priority basis the Dilshad Garden case where the entire church was gutted down. Though the police says that most attacks were cases of thefts, they have not been able to solve this particular case of arson,” said a senior ministry official.

The ministry also told the Delhi Police that police personnel must be posted outside churches and other Christian establishments. It also told the police to act against fringe elements and provide a sense of security to minority communities.

The Delhi Police has also been told to install CCTV cameras at minority institutions and raise the height of boundary walls.
Sources said details of the action plan have been sent to all police stations. There are about 220 churches in Delhi, 50 of them Catholic.

There have been five attacks on churches in Delhi in the past two-and-a-half months, wherein religious items were destroyed, leading to protests. Unidentified persons had also vandalised a prominent Christian school in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar on February 13.

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    Chellam
    Apr 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    He is covering up dirty Fascism behind the rag of thefts.
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      Akash
      Feb 17, 2015 at 11:11 am
      He is pAAPtard.
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        Akash
        Feb 17, 2015 at 11:12 am
        So no Secular is raising concern that why 200 Temples were vandalised or theft?
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          Mohammad
          Feb 17, 2015 at 11:07 am
          Any religious place attacked should taken it seriously and culprits shoud be brought to justce these small small incdents would become a big. so they must be curbed at initial stage.
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            Pragmatic
            Feb 17, 2015 at 9:47 am
            We have respect for the teachings of Jesus the Christ (Son of God-Krishna). Now with the above published figures It is proved that US and the West has Christian agenda. That is why Obama gave those parting shots on re-conversions in India... They cannot tolerate any harm done to the followers of Christian faith, but they ignore and even promote dominating other cultures and religions in the world like in Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, USA etc. where they have now completely destro their indigenous faiths calling them Pagans or followers of the Devil. In all these countries like our own North East India (where there is forcible or m conversion to Christian faith) the indigenous potion are out of sink with their ideny and there are so many social problems like Maoris in NZ, Aborigines in Oz, Red Indians in US, natives in Mexico and other South American countries.
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              Aditya Gaiha
              Feb 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm
              So much so for our media which only reports to create sensations. We still llok to the west for everything ---so much colonialism left in our genes. That is why Obama can come here and preach us on tolerance whereas his country and his religion are the most intolerant in the world. India has been tolerant since the beginning of history and time and let no one come and preach us on tolerance...least of all people from countries where either you conform and succeed or perish and fail.
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                sunny
                Feb 17, 2015 at 6:41 am
                what a puppet commissioner
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                  bharath
                  Feb 17, 2015 at 10:31 am
                  2014 seems to have a drastic increase in number of attacks/ robberies on places of worship of all faiths (as compared to 2013). Temples : 69 to 206 Gurdwaras : 11 to 30 Mosques : 2 to 14 Is it because religion now occupies centre-stage in people's thoughts? Everyone started attacking everyone else? Why did this happen?
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                    Vinod
                    Feb 17, 2015 at 9:43 am
                    By his own words the Delhi police commissioner has admitted his incapability to deal with such huge number of 'burglary' in places of worship -temples, gurudwaras, churches and mosques. Either he should deliver or quit so that someone more capable take his place and restore confidence in the minds of Delhites. Anyone can mere statistics, but a police commissioner's job is to see that the city of freed of criminal elements.
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                      Innathe Chinthavishayam
                      Feb 17, 2015 at 11:20 am
                      The issue is related to clification of minority and majority instead of calling or addressing all sections as citizens. The statistics is critical and clearly brings to attention that the attack is done by thieves and does not have communal taste. Thanks Bi for bringing this out. Since Hindu society is divided among caste lines and each political party creates vote banks out of it, there is no combined voice to air the Hindu concerns and attacks on Hindu places of worship. There are incidents of Hindu temple desecration in USA, intolerance of white and black Christians leading to bring of the later churches by Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist orgs, attacks against Sikhs and Muslims after 9/11. All these for western media are isolated incidents and does not deserve much attention. But simple theft happening in India and other such countries are show cased as lack of tolerance.. Media perversion and another organized attempt by political parties like AAP / Left and Congress to tarnish the central government.. do not know how the clergy is falling prey to this political propaa or playing fiddle...
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                        Raj
                        Feb 17, 2015 at 11:58 am
                        AAP or PAAP ?
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                          Raj
                          Feb 17, 2015 at 11:44 am
                          Foul and filthy sickular media has once again painted the INNOCENT as villains in the so-called "Campaign" against Christians. Libel is a clic tactic by Christians - their duplicity and so-called "secularism" stand exposed now.
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                            Raj
                            Feb 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm
                            The Truth is uncomfortable- it is natural to be uncomfortable when your own hypocrisy and double standards towards "secularism" is exposed as nothing more than anti-Hindu bias.
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                              Rangaesh Gadasalli
                              Feb 17, 2015 at 10:17 am
                              CRIMES against any religious place should be investigate and the guilty should be punished. Now in this church burglary case, the church made it a political and communal issue and pointed fingers at the ruling NDA. even though the home minister took steps to give them security and ured them all help, they continued to attack. Now they will lose the sympathy of the majority as they want to be treated as special in a democracy. sorry, church followers, you lost big here.
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                                Jai Bharat
                                Feb 17, 2015 at 5:48 am
                                This theft and vandalism at certain places of worship has nothing to do with certain religion as they are trying us to believe. According to the data, 206 temples, 30 gurdwaras, 14 mosques and three churches were burgled in 2014. As the foreign sources are finding it difficult to carry on their mive conversion of Hindus, those forces are crying foul and trying to get international attention. Those deceitful ways won`t work any longer.
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                                  foolonthehill
                                  Feb 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm
                                  just how fragile and biased the secular fabric in India is ??? any majority related incident is universal and where minority is involved it is particularised.It is shameful of how the worlds only truly tolerant country is made to fall in line with the others who have inherent intolerance,hope indians junks this false secular fabric and truly embrace their tolerant Indianess.
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                                    JKG
                                    Feb 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm
                                    a copy of the report may be forwarded to President Obama
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                                      jamal
                                      Feb 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm
                                      uming no communal color since it stated as theft, the crimes in 2014 indicates increasing lawlessness after UPA/Shiela Dixit voted out. I just imagine if congress in power either in state or center now, how BJP and AAP will big hue and cry and politicise issues.
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                                        Joji Cherian
                                        Feb 18, 2015 at 7:59 am
                                        Bi, what a policeman you are? 206 thefts in temples make no body insecure.Remember even one attack on a church will make some people insecure.
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                                          kamal sanguri
                                          Feb 17, 2015 at 9:27 am
                                          in India nobody is worried about the safety of hindu temples...
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                                            No Hypes
                                            Feb 17, 2015 at 9:19 pm
                                            Fake Chavara & Alphonsa.Fraud Theresa!
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