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14 booked for church vandalism in Haryana, cross replaced with Hanuman idol

The cross replaced with an idol of Hanuman, a flag depicting Lord Ram and threatened to kill the Father.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: March 16, 2015 11:46:59 am
church Father Subhash Chand said the group fragmented the cross and installed the statue of Hanuman and a flag depicting Lord Ram and threatened to kill him.

Haryana police Saturday booked 14 people on charges of vandalising an under-construction church in Kaimri village of Hisar district.

The case was registered on a complaint lodged by Father Subash Chand of Williwarsh Church in the village. He alleged that the accused broke Christ’s cross and installed a flag depicting Ram.

Police said that on March 6, a group of youths entered the plot where the church was being built, and forcibly installed a Hanuman idol there. Chand has alleged that the accused threatened him with dire consequences if he proceeded with the construction.

A case was lodged against 14 people under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (destroying, damaging a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class of persons), 380 (theft in a building), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. “Inquiry is on. Action will be taken against those found guilty. So far, the situation is peaceful and there is no law and order problem in the village, a senior Haryana police officer said.

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