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Punjab: Pastor’s car set ablaze in Tarn Taran, statues of Jesus and Mary in church Vandalised

Some people started vandalizing a church in Tarn Taran, Punjab late in the night and broke the idols of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary there. A car parked in the church was set on fire. All this incident has been captured in the CCTV camera.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chandigarh: Yet another incident came to fore from Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, where a group of people allegedly vandalised the idols of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary by forcibly entering a local church on Wednesday night. Not only this, he also set fire to the priest’s car. Photos that have emerged from the scene show a car engulfed in flames and a broken statue inside the church.

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In fact, some people entered a church in Tarn Taran, Punjab late in the night and started vandalizing and broke the idol of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary there. A car parked in the church was set on fire. All this incident has been captured in the CCTV camera. Police has also reached the spot after getting information about the incident and is investigating the matter. The incident took place in Thakarpur village of Patti in Tarn Taran district’s assembly constituency. The incident happened on a day when the Akal Takht Jathedar issued a statement against “forced conversions” by Christian missionaries.

Giani Harpreet Singh had said in a Facebook Live video on Tuesday that Sikhs and Hindus of Punjab are being misled, so called Christian missionaries are being fraudulently converting Sikhs. This is happening right under the nose of the government. No government is ready to take action against them (missionaries) because of vote bank politics. This attack is being seen as an effect of this statement. Sikh leaders have been vocal against the alleged conversion attempts by Christian missionaries in the state.

Giani Harpreet Singh appealed to the Center to ‘control it immediately’ and said that we have come to know that foreign funding is coming to run these religious campaigns.

Let us inform that the incident is of Thakarpur village of Patti assembly constituency of Tarn Taran district. Nihang Sikhs had also recently opposed this issue. Supporting the Nihangs, the Akal Takht said that “fake priests” are misleading and converting Sikhs. “These ‘fake priests’ should be booked under the Black Magic Act,” the Sikh body said.

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