Bajrang Dal activists vandalise church in Maharashtra town

April 19th, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Savner (Maharashtra), April 19 (IANS) Nearly two dozen activists of the Hindu right-wing organisation Bajrang Dal allegedly attacked and vandalised a church in a Mahrashtra town Sunday morning, police said.
“Nearly two dozen activists, armed with sticks, barged into the Douglas Memorial Church here around 11 a.m. when the late Sunday morning prayer service was in progress,” investigating officer D.G. Gavi of Savner Police Station, told IANS shortly after the incident.

As the scared churchgoers - nearly 100 attending the service - dispersed, the Bajrang Dal activists went on a rampage and destroyed several chairs and tables inside the church, Gavi said.

The priest of the church, Fr. Ramred Paul M. Sakhardevkar (53), who recognised some of the attackers, later lodged a complaint with the police, naming some of them including Sonu Bharaiya, Trambak Nanere, Bharadwaj and Dube, according to Gavi.

Savner, with a population of around 35,000, including 1,500 Christians, is located in Nagpur district in eastern Maharashtra.

Gavi said that security has been deployed in the vicinity of the church and police are on the lookout for the culprits who have absconded.

The motive behind the attack is not known, he said

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