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Church vandalised in Haryana, cross replaced with Hanuman idol

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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.

IndiaToday.in  Hisar (Haryana), March 15, 2015 | UPDATED 20:28 IST

An under-construction church in Haryana’s Kaimri village was vandalised by a group and the cross replaced with an idol of Hanuman, triggering tension in the area.

Father Subhash Chand of Williwarsh church lodged a complaint against 14 people, following which a case was registered by police 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, PTI reported.

The complainant stated that the accused fragmented the cross and installed the statue of Hanuman and a flag depicting Lord Ram and threatened to kill him.

He alleged that they stole a cooler and some items from the worship place that was under construction.

Hisar range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Saurabh Singh said that the situation was under control.

Meanwhile, Christian Front Haryana has condemned the incident and has demanded immediate arrest of the accused, all residents of Kaimri.

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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