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Tension grips Ludhiana church day after ‘attack by Shiv Sena’

The Aam Aadmi Party has come out in support of the church and met pastor Darbara Singh.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: December 11, 2014 1:42:39 am

A day after alleged Shiv Sena workers tried to storm Kalvari church over a land dispute, tension continued to grip the area on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Punjab Police constable Rajan T Singh, a Christian, alleged that the church had grabbed around 200 square yards of the land that he owned near the church. Soon, a mob brandishing weapons stormed the church premises and injured the security guard.

The situation was brought under control on Wednesday after heavy police deployment.

SHO Division Number 2 Gurpreet Singh claimed, “We registered an FIR under sections 452, 323, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. Some of the men were of the Shiv Sena according to our investigation. Rajan T Singh, a Punjab Police constable, got Shiv Sena involved in the case after alleging that the church had grabbed his land. We are yet to make any arrests.”

Division number 2 police have registered an FIR against 15-16 people, allegedly from the Shiv Sena, who attacked the church on Tuesday. However, no arrests were made till Wednesday. Police said the issue is related to a land dispute and the matter is under investigation.

Talking to The Indian Express, pastor Darbara Singh said, “Yesterday, people from the Shiv Sena tried to enter the church with weapons and attack us. Rajan, who has alleged that the church has grabbed his land, had some fake documents. However, we informed the police and an FIR was registered. I got no threats today but we have asked for police security.”

He also alleged that as many as 100 people had attacked the church. The police, however, is yet to verify if the accused are associated with the Shiv Sena.

The Aam Aadmi Party has come out in support of the church and met pastor Darbara Singh.

AAP District Convener Ahbaab Singh Grewal said that “Tuesday’s action by Shiv Sena goons was an attempt to terrorise the minority community and instill a sense of fear in them”.

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