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  Goons Destroyed Church Site in National Capital  
  Christian gathering threatened and Church Vehicle Stolen in Bihar  
  New Delhi , December 7, 2007 (All India Christian Council)  

A church site was destroyed by local goons in Pitampura of West District of National Capital. Police is not able to trace the culprits.

The incident happened on December 5 between 7 – 7:30 in morning when a group of 200 people claiming to be the local residents of the church site and destroyed the church property. The machines, generator and materials were destroyed according to the press release by Rev. Dr. Dominic Emmanuel, spokes person of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese.

Fr. Alphonse D'cruz, Parish Priest of Pitampura told All India Christian Council, "They ruffled up the site foreman and threatened him that if the laborers were seen on the land for more than two hours they would all be beaten up and their bones broken. They threatened to come again for a repeat performance if their threats were not heeded to."

First Information Report (FIR) was lodged in local police station but police could not arrest any as culprits could not be identified.

Fr. D'cruz said that police has provided security personnel on church site and instructed the construction to continue. Local MLA has been informed about the situation.

In another incident, Pastor Joy Abraham reported to All India Christian Council that a group of fanatics threatened Christian gathering at Siwan district of Bihar and Bolero vehicle belonging to Pastor Joy was reported stolen in the same night.

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