New Delhi | Unidentified people attacked a school in a posh area of the capital this morning fuelling concern on the issue of security of minority institutions and provoking direct intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who called for checking the spiralling crime rate.
Unidentified people in the wee hours of today ransacked the Holy Child Auxilium, a Christian school in the posh Vasant Vihar area of south Delhi after breaking open the office of the principal. Sources said the unauthorised entrants snapped CCTV cameras too and damaged wirings. Around Rs 8,000 were also stolen from donation boxes of the school. The school has now been shut down and children sent home for the day. This is the sixth such attack on a Christian institution in the last one year.
The Prime Minister summoned Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi and asked him to initiate tough measures to avert such incidents and bring the culprits to book.
The Prime Minister expressed anguish and concern over the rising crime rate in the capital and asked the Police Commissioner to speedily investigate the recent incidents of vandalism and ensure that guilty are brought to justice. He also spoke over telephone to Union Home Secretary L C Goyal and directed him to pay special attention to the rising incidents of crime and vandalism and work towards ensuring the safety and security of women in the capital.
The Police Commissioner described the incident as a case of theft. Our investigations have revealed that it’s a case of theft. The CCTV footages have revealed so too. A probe is on, said Mr Bassi.
Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal strongly condemned the attack saying, these kinds of acts will not be tolerated. HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who herself in an alumni of the school, visited the school in the afternoon. She also spoke with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
An FIR has been registered at the Vasant Vihar police station.
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