Mangalore: A church in Mangalore was vandalised Tuesday night by unidentified miscreants. The window panes and door of the St Joseph Church were damaged but the statues within remained untouched.
The church, located beside a graveyard in an isolated place, is 250 years old and was renovated 10 to 15 years ago.
The incident came to light when the church authorities noticed some broken window panes and damaged doors this morning.
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Meanwhile, Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister UT Khader said that the church was attacked by some ‘anti-social elements' and assured that culprits will be brought to book very soon.
"Some anti-social elements threw a stone and damaged the glass of a statue to create insecurity and panic in society," Khader said.
The minister also visited the site in the morning today. The site, according to Khader, was littered with cigarette butts and hinted that the group might have been small.
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He said police is looking for the culprits and that other citizens have also joined the operation.
"It is between good society and bad society. All 90 percent of the good society will join against them," he said.
This incident took place just few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to protect all religious groups. His comments were seen as a response to a series of attacks on churches in capital in last three months.
The Christian population in India is 24 million.