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Church vandalised, claims pastor

delhi Updated: Dec 01, 2008 00:08 IST
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A pastor with a local church has alleged that area residents beat him up and damaged the prayer house in central Delhi's Baljeet Nagar on Sunday.

The incident took place around 11 a.m. when Pastor M.S. Jeblin and 20 others were praying at St. Penticostal Capstone Church in Gayatri Colony.

"Suddenly there was some commotion and few locals accompanied by four policemen came and asked us to stop our prayers. They attacked the prayer house and damaged it. They snatched our guitars and abused us," claimed Jeblin. A call was made to the police control room.

A senior police officer, who did not wish to be named, refuted the allegations levelled by Jeblin. "We have not received any complaint from the pastor. If there are any such allegations, we will look into the case," said the police officer.

Jeblin claimed that he owned the land on which the church had been constructed.

"Seven months ago, some miscreants had even set the church on fire. Two days ago, I received a threat from the locals who asked me to leave the area. They told me that I should shut down the church and not conduct any prayer in the area," said Jeblin.

Jeblin said when he went to the Anand Parbat police station to lodge a complaint but he was not entertained.

"I had to knock the doors of the commissioner of police. On November 27, I gave a written complaint at the police headquarters," he said.

Jeblin said that the policemen were hand-in-glove with some locals who don't want the church to function.

"On Sunday, when I went to complain to the local police they did not take any action. An assistant sub-inspector of police pushed me hard and I fell on the ground. He asked me to leave and not to bother him again," said Jeblin.