A church in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, was attacked with country-made bombs and stones on Saturday night, police said. Some bike-borne men reportedly hurled sutli bombs (country-made explosives) and stones at Christ Church in Kotwali police station area. The bombs landed inside the church and one of them exploded, damaging window panes and furniture.
According to the church authorities, Sunday mass was performed on the pavement as people were not ready to go inside the church.
SP City (Lakhimpur Kheri) DM Chaudhary told The Indian Express that something that “looks like a bomb” was thrown inside the church. “It’s a mischievous act. We have sent the object for testing in the explosives department to verify its kind and intensity,” he added.
“We have lodged an FIR against unidentified men under Section 295 of IPC (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion) and Explosives Act. Investigation is on to identify the accused,” said SHO Kotwali (Lakhimpur Kheri) Ramveer Chaudhary.
According to Sureel Loyal, the church’s property officer, the bombs were thrown at the church around midnight. He alleged that the police did not respond to their calls, so they called the local MP and MLA. “We mentioned in our complaint to the police that we made multiple calls to 100 and the SSP’s official mobile phone from 7 am to 9 am, but no one responded,” he added.
Ajay Mishra alias Teni, BJP MP from Lakhimpur Kheri, said he got a call from the church authorities. “I called up the SSP and DM and ensured action. I will meet the Father tomorrow,” he added.