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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