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Miscreants attack church near Bengaluru

Last updated on: September 10, 2009 20:11 IST
Two miscreants attacked the Saint Francis De Sales Church near Hebbagodi, Anekal Taluk of Bengaluru rural district in the wee hours of Thursday.

The radicals damaged two statues of Mother Mary and the grotto of Jesus and the "cross' outside the church. They even destroyed the window panes of the church.

They were armed with weapons and broke open the Church gate. The security guard was on leave on Wednesday night. However, a construction worker at the site who witnessed the incident said that the attackers assaulted him before attacking the church.

They attacked the church at about 2 am and the left the place at about 2.30 am. They have even attempted to burn a Maruti van parked in front of the church. Later some of the neighbours came out after hearing the noise alerted the church authorities. The church authorities have estimated the damage to be Rs 2 lakh.

Immediately after the news broke out several residents staged a protest. Thanks to this traffic was jammed for almost four hours on Thursday.

Political parties too were quick to react and demanded that the government initiate a probe into this matter. The public too has urged an impartial inquiry into the matter. The police had to step in and assure the agitating mob of action in order to clear them out.

All churches had installed security measures due to the series of attacks on churches in the state few months ago, but because of the prevailing peaceful situation, the security guards were withdrawn recently.

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru