Vandals Torch, Desecrate Church in MP, Write ‘Ram’ on its Walls

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The incident came to light on Sunday when some people went to the church in Sukhtawa village of Kesala block of Naramadapuram district to offer prayers. The area has a considerable tribal population.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Unidentified persons torched and desecrated a church in Madhya Pradesh’s Narmadapuram district, police said on Monday. The incident came to light on Sunday when some people went to the church in Sukhtawa village of Kesala block of Naramadapuram district to offer prayers.

The area has a considerable tribal population.

A case has been registered against unidentified persons and efforts are on to trace the culprits, Itarsi sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) Mahendra Singh Chauhan was quoted by PTI as saying.

According to an initial investigation, the vandals entered the place of worship, built around five years ago and located 40 km from the district headquarters, by removing a window net and burning it from inside, the official said.

Some religious texts and other items including furniture were also destroyed in the fire, the official said quoting a complaint filed in connection with the incident.

When some people went to the church on Sunday to offer prayers, they found it burnt and its inside wall having the word “Ram” inscribed on it, local devotee Denis Jonathan told the news agency.

The church is connected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

SDOP Chauhan said teams have been formed to identify and nab the vandals and a case has been registered under Indian Penal Code Section 295 (Injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class). 

The police official denied any tension in the area following the incident.

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