Security to MP churches stepped up

| September 11, 2010

Madhya Pradesh state government has stepped up security for Christian churches despite the news of suspension of a plan to burn Quran in Florida.

The “administration has decided to step up security around Christian worship places,” inspector general of police A. K. Soni said.

Reports said worldwide condemnation forced the tiny Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida to put on hold its controversial plan to burn Qur’an on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack in New York.

However security continued to be concern fro Christians in Madhya Pradesh. The police have collected the details of churches in their attempt to provide security, said Father Francis Scaria, a priest of Bhopal archdiocese.

He said the police have also given special telephone numbers to contact them in case they sense trouble or see suspicious movements in their area.

Officer Soni said the government “will do everything possible to ensure peace and harmony in the state.”

The security measures come in the wake of a threat to destroy a church belonging to the Church of North India in Bhopal, the state capital.

Pastor of the threatened Bethlehem Church Sanjay Solomon told that four police personnel are guarding the church since Sept. 2. The parishioners are also “keeping vigil,” he said.

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