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Two miscreants vandalize Holy Trinity Church in Coimbatore

Chenai: On Sunday evening, two unidentified men smashed the window of Holy Trinity Church and defaced the statue of Saint Sebastian at Ramanathapuram in the Coimbatore district. Police filed a complaint in the case on Monday and decided to comb through CCTV footage to identify the accused.

According to a report on The Hindu, two disbelievers entered the church on a two-wheeler and one of them started to climb the door. He later smashed the window of the shrine and vandalized the statue around 10 p.m. Sunday. They also defaced the statue of Saint Sebastian in the church.

When security officers arrived at the scene and began to chase them, they fled in their vehicle. However, the security personnel informed the Ramanathapuram police.

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The police registered a case based on the complaint of Fr. Bastin Joseph, assistant vicar of the church.

A complaint was registered under sections including section 295 (destruction, damage or defilement of a religious place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of people) and 448 (punishment for trespassing) under the Indian Penal Code, said a report on The News Minute.

The police decided to search for the two members by collecting visuals from the surveillance camera.

The incident happened in a busy area but there was no one around on Sunday due to the lockdown.

Holy Trinity Church functions under the Ramanathapuram Eparchy of Syro Malabar Church in Kerala.

The incident comes after the BJP and right-wing groups staged a protest against alleged religious conversions in Christian schools.