22 arrested in Tamil Nadu for desecrating Christian institutionsOctober 10th, 2008 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Oct 10 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu police Friday detained 22 people for desecrating Christian institutions, even as there were reports of further attacks against select targets.While two Bibles embedded in the outer walls of Protestant churches in Chennai were damaged, another institution in Coimbatore reported a similar incident.
Tamil Nadu Director General of Police K.P. Jain warned miscreants attacking religious institutions of stringent action and detention under Goondas’ Act, which entails compulsory imprisonment for a year.
“Action has been initiated against 22 persons on charges of stoning and damaging statues in places of worship. Those who indulge in such activities that may cause enmity between religious groups would be dealt with sternly and jailed under the Goondas’ Act,” Jain said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, reacting to the damage of the glass cage of a Bible in a northwest suburb here, Church of South India’s Chennai Diocese Secretary Rev. Sampath Bhagavandoss expressed dismay while speaking to IANS.
“A group of agent provocateurs bent upon fomenting trouble is indulging in this kind of activity, triggering enmity amongst the peace-loving people of Chennai. We are pained at these condemnable acts,” Bhagavandoss said.
Hindu Munnani (Front), one of the saffron organizations accused of indulging in these acts, said such accusations were only to be expected under a regime that was inimical to Hindus.
“Yesterday, the police claimed four people were arrested and the figure has gone up to 22 today (Friday). The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has over 600 centres statewide. Since this (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) government is bent upon appeasing the minorities, we expect more of our cadres who are peacefully protesting against fraudulent conversions and proselytising activities of the church to be arrested,” Munnani head Rama Gopalan told IANS.