Cemetery, Jesus statue trashed in TN

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Villupuram/Coimbatore, Oct 10: India a latest development, miscreants on Wednesday, Oct 8 vandalized a cemetery in Villupuram, about 160 km from Chennai, and damaged a statue of Infant Jesus in Coimbatore in the ongoing episodes of attack on churches in Tamil Nadu.

Police sources said that atleast 20 holy crosses in the cemetery of St Paul"s church near Katpadi on the Villupuram-Chennai highway were damaged on Wednesday, Oct 8. A family which visited the cemetery to offer prayers noticed the damaged tomb stones and informed authorities. The church authorities lodged a complaint with the Villupuram West police who registered a case of promoting enmity between groups, disturbing communal harmony and trespassing.

Two people are arrested and remanded in judicial custody on Thursday, Oct 9. Situation became tense for a brief period when representatives of some political parties staged an agitation demanding action against the miscreants responsible for the desecration.

So far atleast eight incidents of stone pelting on churches have been reported in Tamil Nadu. But it was for the first time that a church in Coimbatore city came under attack. A glass case in which an Infant Jesus statue was kept was broken at the St Francis of Assisi Church at Athipalayam Pirivu at Ganapathy on Thursday, Oct 10 early morning. The statue was also damaged. The desecration was noticed around 5 am by people who came for the morning mass prayers.


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