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Uneasy calm in Haryana village after church attack

Uneasy calm in Haryana village after church attack
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Tension prevailed in a village in Haryana's Hisar district on Monday after an under-construction church was attacked and vandalized by miscreants and the idol of a Hindu god was placed inside the premises on March 6.

The police later took away the Hanuman idol and a red-coloured flag related to Lord Ram from the premises to prevent the situation from getting out of hand. Police officials said on Monday that 14 people were booked for rioting, damaging place of worship, theft and promoting enmity following a complaint lodged by the church priest on March 13 in Kaimri village in Hisar district, 260km from here. No arrests have been made so far. The attackers damaged the cross at the church and allegedly took away some other items.

The priest told media that certain activists of the Bajrang Dal and others had threatened him earlier. He alleged that the same people could be behind the attack on the church.

"I was threatened by Bajrang Dal activists and other locals last month," the priest, Subhash Chand, said.

Delhi Archbishop condemns attack
Delhi Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto has strongly condemned the recent attacks on Catholic nuns in West Bengal and destruction of a Church under construction at Hisar in Haryana.

“I strongly condemn the brutal and heinous attack on Sisters of Convent of Jesus and Mary in West Bengal and destruction of a Church under construction in Hisar, Haryana.

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