Church attacks only mishaps: Delhi police
New Delhi — Claiming that every single alleged attack on a church is not an attack, Delhi Police has filed a report to the Union Home Ministry.
It said that no church in the city was attacked by any group and the recent incidents were of either theft, short circuit or stone-pelting after petty clashes that had nothing to do with religious intolerance toward the Christian community, reported IBNLive.
In a report, the Delhi Police told the Home Ministry that out of the six incidents of alleged vandalism of churches, two were cases of theft, two were incidents of short circuit and in other two incidents, stones were pelted as a retaliation of individual clashes.
Addressing the specific case of the Dilshad Garden Church which was completely gutted in fire, the Delhi Police said the incident was caused by faulty wiring and was not an attempt to trigger religious polarization as Church authorities had alleged.
Christian groups have been alleging that churches were vandalized and demanded full protection from police. The Delhi Police has already provided security to churches and Christian institutions.
There are 240 churches in the city. CCTV cameras were installed in 161 churches. SHOs of all police stations in Delhi have been asked to regularly patrol around churches while PCR vans, ERVs and motorcycle patrols have been deployed outside these establishments.
Recently, Delhi Police has appointed an officer of the rank of Additional DCP as the “nodal officer” for attending to issues related to churches and educational institutions of the community.