Cops arrest main accused, detain 2 others in Hisar church attack case

  • Agencies, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 15:00 IST

Haryana Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the main accused and detained another 2 people in the Hisar church attack case.

An under-construction church was vandalised in Kaimiri village and a Hanuman idol placed inside the premises by miscreants.

The accused, identified as Anil Godara who belongs to the Kaimari village, was named in the FIR registered by police last week based on complaint by Father Subhash Chand.

Police said they were making efforts to make nab others based on investigation and concrete evidence against the suspected men. Sources said two more persons have also been detained by police in the case.

Kaimari village sarpanch Satya Narayan had met Hisar police chief on Monday and sought quashing of FIR against villagers named in the case citing their innocence.

The police had lodged an FIR on Friday under sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) against 14 people.

On Monday, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had informed the state assembly that the building was reportedly built in an illegal colony and the dispute was the result of an altercation between the priest and those who attacked the place of worship.

Making a statement, Khattar said that an FIR has been registered on the statement of church priest against accused Anil Godara, Dalbir Singh, Raj Kumar, Kuldeep, Satpal, Krishan, Suresh, Dinesh, Jogender, Kulwant, Sudhir, Bijender, Satnarain, Chhotu Ram and others.

The complainant had alleged that the accused entered into his house and damaged religious symbol. The accused attacked the building after an altercation between the church priest and them on February 8, Khattar told the House.

Giving details, Khattar said that the priest purchased a plot in the name of Believer's Church India in Kaimri village of Hisar a few years ago and now was constructing a building on it.

"This plot is located on a reported illegal Rain Nagar Colony in the area of Kaimri village. Only about 9 to 10 houses have been constructed in that colony till now," the House was informed.

Khattar also said that as per the preliminary inquiry "no approval of building plans and colony has been taken by the concerned coloniser and owners of the houses."

An application was moved to Hisar's deputy commissioner on February 7 alleging that religious conversion was being carried out in the village by Chand.

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(With PTI inputs)

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