Idol case in church set on fire

| July 21, 2010

KOCHI: Miscreants on Monday late night vandalised a church at Thuthiyur, near Kakkanad, by setting a wooden idol case on fire.

Police said the incident occurred at St Mary's Church and was noticed by the faithful who came to the church on Tuesday morning.

Police said a team of fingerprint experts was sent to the scene to collect evidence. The miscreants also set afire a notice board.

According to preliminary investigation, the miscreants might have used candles to set the idol case on fire.

"The idol case is placed inside an iron grill. It is easy for anybody to place a lighted candle inside it. The miscreants placed lighted candles inside the case and one of the wooden pillars of the case got damaged," police said, and added that they have launched a thorough investigation into the case as it was a deliberate attempt to create communal unrest.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt from highly placed sources that there might be certain attempts by antinationals to create communal tension in the state mainly by targeting churches, temples and mosques.

"We have been monitoring the developments after the attack on Newman College lecturer T J Joseph. Fortunately, the situation has been under control as the Christians have by and large reacted sensibly to the incident. But, there have been attempts by people with vested interests to worsen the situation and ignite communal tension in the state," a top police official said.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Latin Catholic Association (KLCA) has condemned the incident and demanded that the police immediately trace the culprits. It urged the community members to maintain peace and harmony.

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