Tension as Christian graves found damaged in Belagavi


Tension gripped members of the Christian community when they found some miscreants were vandalising a portion of a cemetery on Monday.

Over a dozen crosses installed atop graves at the cemetery in Bharatnagar of Shahapur were found broken, damaged and uprooted. Some of the graves had also been damaged and a waiting room inside the cemetery was found burnt. Empty liquor bottles and other material were found littered in the room.

The incident came to light on Monday morning when a group of people went to the cemetery to prepare a grave for a deceased person. The matter was brought to the notice of the Christian priests and community leader and the police. Shahapur Circle Inspector of Police D.C. Lakkannavar and Tilakwadi Circle Inspector of Police B.A. Jadhav rushed to the spot and inspected the damage.

Bishop Peter Machado urged the police to hold a proper inquiry. He said that he expected the Belagavi City Corporation officials to provide proper fencing to the cemetery.

He said that the incident had hurt the community which treated its cemetery as the “second holiest place, after the church”. “Yet, he prayed that God forgive the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.

The police have registered a case. Investigation is on.

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