Vandals have attacked a Catholic cemetery in Belgaum breaking and uprooting over a dozen crosses installed atop graves.
Some of the graves inside the cemetery in Bharatnagar of Shahapur 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 Hindu newspaper reported.
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.
Police in Shahapur have registered a case and launched investigation.
Bishop Peter Machado of Belgaum said the incident had hurt the community, which treats its cemetery as the “second holiest place, after the church”. “Yet, he prayed that God forgive the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.
He also said that he expected the Belgaum City Corporation to provide proper fencing to the cemetery.
Source: The Hindu
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