Plea has sought directions to the Punjab government to provide security to all the churches in the state and protect its properties, including religious statues of Jesus Christ; HC has sought response by November 24
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday sought response from the Punjab government on a plea seeking directions to provide security to all churches in the state and protect properties, including religious statues of Jesus Christ.
The high court bench of Justice Vinod S Bhardwaj, while posting the matter for further hearing on November 24, also asked the state authorities to submit a status report on the probe initiated into the case registered by Punjab Police after the August 31 incident.
It was on Wednesday last that four unidentified men had allegedly vandalised the church, desecrating statues of Jesus Christ and Mary in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.
The plea has been filed by one Jagdish Masih, who is the president of National Christian League, a social organisation, seeking directions to the state government to act on the representation given on August 31 in this regard.
The plea terms the law and order situation in the state “out of control” and blames such incidents on “anti-social elements and religious leaders of a particular community”, who it claimed had been resorting to giving inflammatory statements.