Four held in Navi Mumbai church attack case
Mumbai: Three days after the attack
on a church here, police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the case with the
arrest of four persons. “Four persons have been arrested in connection with the
attack on the Saint George Catholic church,” Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner KL
Prasad told PTI.
The IPS officer, however, refused to
share further details at the moment. Under fire from the opposition,
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday had set a 48 hour
deadline to police to nab the culprits.
The Opposition members had yesterday
walked out of the Assembly in protest against the incident. Police had
announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of
According to Khandeshwar police, the
attack was carried out by two masked persons, who were riding pillion on a
motorcycle at around 1.30 AM on Saturday when they hurled stones at the Saint
George Catholic church located near a bridge in New Panvel.
In the incident, the covering glass
outside the statue of Saint George got damaged. The trio, comprising the biker
and the two pillion riders, were covering their faces, a police official said.
An offence has been registered
against the unidentified men under sections 295 (injuring or defiling a place
of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 427 (mischief)
of the IPC, police said.
The church was built in 2007 and can
accommodate over 800 people for prayer.