“When the chaos subsided I went inside, I saw my fellow church members dead in a pool of their own blood and many others were screaming in pain.” Security agents were said to have cordoned off the church.
As per the complaint, two men identified themselves as belonging to some other denomination of the Christian community and expressed their desire to pray in the church.
There are several reasons for the urgency shown in the response by the state, primary among which is the political fallout.
Sunday’s attack was the fourth attack on a Christian site of worship in past month in Chhattisgarh.
Attackers came in motorcycles, shouted slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’; cops blame encroachment dispute.
The robbers reportedly failed to take away anything except moving out the tabernacle that preserved the statue of Jesus.
The idea to form such a team, said a senior police officer, was inspired by the Bollywood spy thriller Baby.
The police said that the incident took place Monday after the brothers had a verbal spat with the head priest at the church.
The report says Christians and Hindus who convert to Christianity or another faith have reported more frequent harassment.
Nasir, Zafar and Zaffruddin were detained on Wednesday for their role in vandalising St Mary’s Church in Agra.
No arrest so far, cops looking into a brawl Wednesday evening.
Agarwal was arrested for the attack that took place on the intervening night of March 20 and 21.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis yesterday had set a 48 hour deadline to police to nab the culprits.
“The CCTV footage has images which will be helpful in establishing the identity of the culprits,” said Fadnavis.
Police booked a leader of Dharma Sena but church authorities questioned the ‘delay’ in arresting the culprits.