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Two more churches attacked in TN

Two churches, within a short distance of each other, were desecrated late Monday night near Dindigul, around 425km south of Chennai, reports M R Venkatesh.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2008 00:41 IST
M R Venkatesh

Two churches, within a short distance of each other, were desecrated late Monday night near Dindigul, around 425km south of Chennai, police said on Tuesday.

The latest incidents take the number of church attacks in the state in the last six weeks to 11.

Late Monday night, some miscreants managed to gain entry into the “Annai Fathima Church” at Shenbaganur, near the hill station of Kodaikanal in Dindigul district, and desecrated a statue of Mary. The mischief came to light on Tuesday morning, when locals found the statue broken into pieces.

In the neighbouring Karmelpuram village, a statue of Virgin Mary was found missing from the St. Mary’s Church. The vandals left behind the pedestal, the police said.

As the two churches are at a small distance, the police suspect the involvement of one group in both the incidents. No arrests had been made till evening even as special teams were constituted to nab the miscreants.

Following attacks on Christians and their property in Karnataka and Orissa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had warned of stern action against those attacking places of worship. Special security has been provided to all places of worship to prevent untoward incidents, the police said.