Mangalore, Feb 25: Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister U.T. Khader said on Wednesday said that the attack on Mangalore church was a deed by "anti-social elements".
The minister, who visited the site in the morning, told IANS that he hoped the culprits will be nabbed soon. [Church attacks: Not a single case of religious hate crime, says Delhi Police report]
"Some anti-social elements threw a stone and damaged the glass of a statue to create insecurity and panic in society," Khader told IANS.
The minister also said the site was littered with cigarette butts.
He said police is looking for the culprits and that other citizens have also joined the operation.
"It is between good and bad society. All 90 per cent of the good society will join against them," he said.
Khader said the church, located beside a graveyard in an isolated place, is 250 years old and was renovated 10 to 15 years ago.