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Dog squads deployed to find Delhi church burglars

Oct. 10, 2013

Police have pressed in dog squads and finger print experts to find those responsible for the theft and desecration in a south Delhi church. “Police is trying to find the culprits though they have not made any headway in the case yet. They have deployed dog squads and finger print experts,” said Fr. Varghese Mattamana, coordinator general of Malankara Catholics living outside Kerala. Unidentified persons burgled and desecrated St. Mary’s Church of the Syro-Malankara rite in Neb Sarai area of south Delhi Tuesday night and took away religious articles.

The priest said that Robbers must have entered the church during the Tuesday evening Mass through basement and hid there. The church was locked after the Mass. The robbery came to light Wednesday morning when seminarians came for Mass, he said. “The robbers took away whatever looked like gold and broke open two donation boxes,” he said, adding the culprits stole a five feet gold plated cross, chalices, brass lamps and ciborium. They emptied the hosts from the ciborium and removed gold plated cross on the tabernacle, the priest added. He said that the stolen items except the brass lamps do not have much re-sale value.

Fr. Mattamana said that officials of the Minority Commission also visited the place. Meanwhile, purification prayers were held and Holy Mass celebrated at the church yesterday. The premise was blessed by Bishop Jacob Barnabas in the presence of some 200 Catholics.

Source: UCAN



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