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Church vandalized in Mangaluru, no damage done to idols

The incident might have occured late last night or in the early hours on Wednesday, police said.

By: Press Trust of India | Mangaluru | Updated: February 25, 2015 2:00:48 pm

A church was allegedly vandalised at Deralakate near Mangaluru, with unidentified attackers pelting stones and breaking its windowpane.

“A small stone of the size of 1-2 centimetres was thrown at the St Joseph Vaz worship centre near Deralakatte, damaging the windowpane, but no damage has been done to the idols of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus,” Mangaluru City Police Commissioner S Murugan said.

Karnataka Health minister U T Khader visited the spot.

Murugan said the incident could have been carried out by a mischief-monger, but it could not be established immediately whether a group of people were involved.

“We are probing the matter. For now, we only know that only one stone has been pelted. We are finding out whether there was an individual or group behind the stone pelting,” he said.

A case had been registered and investigations were on.

The incident might have occured late last night or in the early hours on Wednesday, Murugan said.

Breaking his silence on a spate of church attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said his government will not allow any religious group to incite hatred and will strongly act against any religious violence.

The Prime Minister, who has been accused by opposition and Christian groups of turning a blind eye to a string of recent attacks on five churches and a Christian school in Delhi, had said his government “gives equal respect to all religions”.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Shankar Shetty, who visited the spot, told reporters that the culprits had not been identified.

The incident would be taken seriously in the wake of the series of church attacks in Delhi, he said.

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