Church attack: Chennithala demands strong action against those involved

Monday, Feb 2, 2015,20:31 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala today demanded strong action against elements involved in vandalising churches in the national capital. The Christian community in the national capital is living in panic after their places of worship are continuously being targeted by certain miscreants, he said after visiting St Alphonsa’s church at Vasant Kunj, which was vandalised by some unidentified persons early this morning.
Asking Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take strong action to end such attacks, the Congress leader said Delhi is home to thousands of Christians from Kerala and their constitutional right to practice their faith must be protected. Christians are peace-loving people and it is condemnable that their places of worship are continuously being targeted, he said.
Noting that today’s attack on St Alphonsa church is the fifth such incident since November, Chennithala said he has written to the Home Minister and Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, seeking strong action against the people involved in such cowardly act. He also asked the Centre to strengthen the security of the churches in the national capital.
Last month, a church was vandalised in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri area. In December, St Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden was partly gutted and the Christian community had alleged foul play in the incident.