Four masked gunmen vandalized a church in a village near the India-Pakistan border in Punjab’s Dan Taran district, police said on Wednesday.
They said that the incident took place between Tuesday and Wednesday night in Thakarpura village near Patti city.
According to the police department:
4 masked men entered the church in Thakarpura village, threatened the security guard with a gun and tied his hands. Then they broke into the church and broke the 2 idols there. Later they burnt the priest’s car parked outside. The entire incident was captured on a surveillance camera installed in the church.
The police department headed by Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Senior Superintendent of Police, Than Taran District, who came to the scene in person, conducted an investigation. He said that heavy police security has been deployed in the area.
District SP Ranjit Singh Dhillon, who conducted the investigation in person, said that they are looking for those behind the incident and will be arrested soon.
In this case, a section of Chondavs blocked the roads leading to Kemkaran, Bigwind, Patti, Harike, Ferozepur and took part in a road blockade to condemn those who damaged the church. The protestors demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
SSP Ranjit Singh Dhillon, who came to the protest site, said, ‘This is a conspiracy created by some people who want to disturb the peace of the state. We are monitoring the situation closely. “Those behind this incident will be arrested soon,” S.B. said to the protestors. He promised.
Punjab Congress Party leader Amarinth Singh Raja Waring also condemned the incident.
The incident comes a day after Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Hapreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGBC) president Hajind Singh Thami accused ‘so-called Christian missionaries’ of continuing conversion efforts in Punjab.
They also demanded withdrawal of the First Information Report against some Nihang Sikhs who were accused of disrupting a program organized by Christian missionaries at Tatwana village in Amritsar on Monday.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has strongly condemned the attack on the church and said, ‘We will not allow anyone to disturb the brotherhood and harmony in the state. He said that strict action will be taken against those involved in this matter as an inquiry has been ordered.