New Delhi: Haryana Police on Tuesday arrested the main accused in the vandalisation of an under construction church in a village in Hisar district.
“The main accused Anil Godara has been arrested from Hisar today,” Hisar SP Saurabh Singh said.
He said that the accused will be produced before a court and police would seek his remand.
“Further investigations in the case are under progress and search is on for remaining accused,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “deep concern” over the gang-rape of a 71-year-old nun in West Bengal’s Nadia district and the vandalisation of a church in Hisar, Haryana.
“The Prime Minister is deeply concerned about the incidents in Hisar, Haryana and Nadia, West Bengal,” the PMO said in a tweet.
On Sunday, an under construction church in Kaimri village in Hisar district of Haryana was vandalized by miscreants and the idol of Hindu god Hanuman was placed inside the premises.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had told the assembly on Monday that the church was reportedly built in an illegal colony and the dispute was the result of an altercation between the priest and those who attacked the place of worship.
Making a statement in the state assembly, Khattar that an FIR has been registered on the statement of church priest Subhash Chander, against accused Anil Godara, Dalbir Singh, Raj Kumar, Kuldeep, Satpal, Krishan, Suresh, Dinesh, Jogender, Kulwant, Sudhir, Bijender, Satnarain, Chhotu Ram and others.
The complainant has alleged that the accused entered into his house and damaged their religious symbol.
The accused persons have carried out this act because an altercation had taken place between the church priest and them on February 8, Khattar told the House.