Delhi: Small fire at Rohini church, arson suspected
The incident comes just a month after a church was gutted in east Delhi’s Dilshad Garden last month. The church officials then claimed it to be a case of vandalism that reached even the Pope’s ears at the Vatican.delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2015 12:15 IST
A minor fire was reported at the Church of The Resurrection in Rohini sector 6 on Saturday morning.
The incident comes just a month after a church was gutted in east Delhi’s Dilshad Garden last month. The church officials then claimed it to be a case of vandalism that reached even the Pope’s ears at the Vatican.
The incident in Rohini occurred at approximately noon during a nativity scene that showed baby Jesus in a crib.
Sources in the fire department claim that they did not receive any call from the Church. The fire was limited to the crib and doused by the members of the Church, they added.
“There was hay and dry grass inside the crib along with decorative lights and a CFL bulb, which could have led to the fire. Further, no call was made to the department by the complainant,” said a fire official.
Church officials argued that malfunctioning electrical equipment could not have caused the fire.
They claimed that the overnight rain would have prevented any fire and that it was not an accident.
“It was raining at regular interval and had it been a case of an electrical short-circuit, the equipment would have not worked. The lights are still functional,” said Father Savarimuthu Sankar.
The police have registered a case based on a complaint received from the church.
“A case has been registered at the Rohini south police station and special teams have already collected samples from the site of incident. We are scrutinising the CCTV footage in the area for evidence and investigation is ongoing,” said DCP (outer) Vikramjit.