Forensic team collects more samples from Dilshad Garden church

Updated - November 16, 2021 04:54 pm IST

Published - December 05, 2014 08:11 am IST - NEW DELHI:

A forensic team visited the St. Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden for the second time in two days on Thursday to collect more samples.

Following allegations that the incident, in which the interiors of the church were destroyed in a fire could be the work of some miscreants, a special investigation team was constituted under Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

“The forensic team visited yet again because we wanted to be doubly sure about the evidence we gather from there. Even on the day of the incident, samples were gathered, but back then there was excessive movement of people at the spot,” said Mr. Yadav.

He added that the forensic science laboratory will be requested to expedite the test results. He added that although there were allegations of stone throwing in the church, verification of records has releaved that the police control room did not receive any such call.

On their first visit, the SIT members were shown the charred remains of a can lying in the church. Church authorities have maintained that kerosene was found within the church complex. An FIR has been registered against unknown persons for causing the fire with malicious intent.

MPs assure support

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) president E. Ahamed, IUML national-secretary E.T. Mohammed Basheer and MP K.V. Thomas visited the church following the fire.

Mr. Ahamed held detailed discussions with the priest and other member of the management. He conveyed support and assistance on behalf of his party, and assured that the issue will be taken up at highest level.

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