Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

Miscreants raze church in Haryana village

Kaimri Village (Hisar, Haryana), Mar.16 : An under-construction church was demolished in a village in Haryana's Hisar district on Sunday.

Miscreants responsible for the attack even hoisted a flag with "Shri Ram" written on it at the demolition site in Kaimri village.

Reports said villagers were angry over alleged efforts by a priest to convert some locals to Christianity.

The reports further said that police have registered a case against 14 people named by the priest and started investigation into the matter. So far, no arrests have been made.

A panchayat has been held in the village and it has been decided to take the issue to Hisar's deputy commissioner.

Villagers claimed that the priest, Subhash, had bought the piece of land to build a house, but started constructing a "Believers Church" instead.

"Believers Church" is a Christian denomination with congregations and parishes across the world.

The president of All India United Christian Front, Sukhdev, was quoted, as saying, "This is a matter of shame that the villagers demolished a church. We will hold a press conference in Hisar soon and request the Superintendent of Police to take action against the culprits."

However, the head of the village, Dalbir Singh, maintained that there were no Christians in Kaimri village and that priest Subhash was trying to convert some of them with money, food and other facilities.

The villagers have also refused to accept that any one of them had placed the "Shri Ram" flag on the church wall. Some said children may have hoisted it.

Investigation officer Ramesh Kumar said, "A case has been registered against Anil Godara, Dalbir Singh, Rajkumar, Kuldeep, Satpal, Krishan Kumar, Suresh, Dinesh, Joginder, Kulwant, Sudhir, Bijender, Satyanaryan and Choturam. Police are probing the matter."

The village is said to be a stronghold of the Om Prakash Chautala-led INLD.

(ANI | 5 years ago)