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Twenty-eight churches have been targeted in the State since August

Karnataka Bureau

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Probe: A file picture of Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari at a church that was damaged.

Bangalore: Twenty-eight attacks of varying intensity on churches across eight districts of the State since mid-August. These range from stone pelting and damage to desecration, arson and attacks on nuns. The intensity of the attacks peaked on September 14 with 12 attacks in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. It thereafter ebbed, following widespread protests and the intervention of the UPA Government in the form of an advisory to the State Government.

The following is the timeline of the attacks:

August 17

Protestors staged a dharna in front of the DHM church in Jayanagar in Davangere city. Christian literature was burnt. No arrests were made.

August 24

In Davangere, town vandals burnt Christian literature in front of the Nitya Jeeva Devalaya church. No complaint was registered.

August 27

A Christian prayer hall at Uchangidurga in Harpanahalli taluk was attacked and pastor Raju Gowda roughed up. Eight persons were arrested. Case was registered under Section 295 and 298 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

September 7

Around 9 a.m. at Bada village, Davangere district, the Yesu Kripalaya Church was attacked by a 300-strong mob that broke the asbestos ceiling, furniture, windows, set fire to a Bible and other literature. Ten arrests were made. Case registered under Sections 295 and 298 of the IPC.

September 14

Between 9 a.m. and 11.15 a.m., the following churches and prayer halls were attacked in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts:

In Bannur village, a group entered the Believers’ Church and vandalised the place. Four persons were arrested. Case was booked under Sections 143, 147, 148, 427 and 149 of the IPC.

In Udupi city, the New Life Fellowship Hall was attacked injuring five persons and a child. Windows were smashed and furniture damaged.

In Shiroor village, Udupi district, a gang of 25 with sickles and sticks attacked the Life and Light Ministries prayer hall. The pastor was assaulted, a car torched, windowpanes broken, furniture damaged. Five arrests were made. Case registered under Sections 143, 147, 295, 448, 324, 506, 427 and 149 of the IPC.

In Koteshwar village of Udupi district at the Carmel Ashram church, idols of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus were damaged. Two persons were arrested.

In Mudur village, Udupi district, a group attacked the Mission One Million Life Centre and manhandled a person, damaged furniture, a television set and the telephone. Five arrests were made. Case registered under sections 506, 153(A), 149, 143, 147, 148, 448, 427, 323 of the IPC.

At Kodical, Mangalore city, a Tamil protestant church was attacked by 15 persons while prayers were on. Furniture was destroyed. Four persons were arrested. Case registered under Sections 143, 147,148, 333, 448, 153(a) 427, 149 of the IPC.

At the Adoration Monastery on Falnir road, Mangalore city,15 persons desecrated the place and attacked nuns who were in prayer. Seven arrests were made. Cases registered under 143, 144, 147, 148, 324, 326, 427, 448, 153 (a) and 149 of the IPC.

At Kavoor, Mangalore city, around 20 persons vandalised and desecrated the Assembly of Prayer Fellowship. Policemen on duty were attacked. Four arrests were made. Cases registered under 143, 144, 147, 148, 448, 323, 324, 427, 332, 153 (a), 380 and 149 of IPC.

At Shakti Nagar in Mangalore Rural taluk, around 60 persons vandalised and desecrated the Jesus Christ Church. No arrests were made. Case registered under Sections 143, 147, 148, 447, 427, and 149 IPC

At Bilinele village, at the Assembly of God Church, around 20 persons vandalised and desecrated the place. Nine persons were arrested. Case registered under Sections 143, 144, 147, 148, 447, 323, 324, 15(A), 295 (a), 506 and 149 of the IPC.

At Kalanja village, Dakshina Kannada district, around 15 persons assaulted devotees with sickles and desecrated the prayer hall of the Indian Pentecostal Prayer Hall. Nine arrests were made. Case registered under Sections 143, 147, 148, 324, 427 and 149 of the IPC. At Madanthyar village, Dakshina Kannada district, a gang of 30 assaulted the pastor of the Mahima Prayer Hall with iron rods and desecrated the place. Six arrests were made. Case registered under sections 143, 147, 148, 427, 324 and 34 of the IPC.

September 15

The following places of worship were attacked between 1.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

At Ganjimath village, Mangalore Rural taluk, windowpanes of the Believers’ Church were broken by motorcycle-borne vandals. No arrests. In Bantwal taluk, vandals tried to set the door of the Believers’ Church on fire through a police team was guarding the church. No arrests were made.

On Jail Road, Mangalore city, motorcycle-borne vandals pelted stoned at the Capuchin Church and destroyed sacred idols. No arrests. Case registered under sections 427, 153 (a) of the IPC.

September 16

In Kolar town, vandals damaged a century-old statue of Mary at the St. Mary’s church. No arrests were made.

At Adyar, Mangalore Rural taluk, over 20 vandals desecrated the Rima Worship Centre and destroyed property. No arrests were made. Case registered under sections 143, 144, 147, 148, 447, 427, and 149 of the IPC.

At Ernody village, vandals broke into the St. George church, desecrated the place and attempted to set it on fire. Two arrests were made. Case registered under sections 457, 295, and 448 of IPC.

September 18

On B.C. Road in Bantwal taluk vandals pelted stones at the Believers’ church.

In Dharwad, attackers broke the glass encasing of the Mother Mary statue of the Presentation Girls School. No arrests. Case was registered under Section 295 of the IPC.

September 19

In Sagar town, a group hung a garland of footwear on the minar of the Idgah Minar. Three arrests were made. Case registered under section 153 and 153(A) of the IPC.

At Padu Kody village, Mangalore district, motorcycle-borne vandals pelted stones at the St. Xavier’s church and destroyed the idols. Cases registered under sections 143, 144, 295, 427 and 149 of the IPC

September 21

There were four attacks on this date. A group broke windowpanes of a prayer hall called “Brethren Christa Aaradhanalaya” near Nellihudikeri town in Kodagu district At Yedapadavu village of Mangalore Rural taluk, a seminary belonging to the Believers’ Church was attacked. Vandals threw stones and damaged the roof of the institution. No arrests were made.

In Bangalore at the St. James Church in Mariyannapalya, two gold plated crowns and cash from the offering box were stolen, and the sacred sacrament damaged. Seven persons were arrested.

At the Holy Church in the Name of Jesus at Rajarajeshwarinagar in Bangalore, the glass casing around Infant Jesus was stoned and the statue damaged. No arrests have been made. In both incidents, cases were registered under sections 144,149, 333 and 448 of the IPC.

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