Police have arrested two teenagers for vandalizing and robbing a Malankara Orthodox Syrian church in north west Delhi’s Rohini area Feb. 11.
The young men vandalised St. Basil church in the intervening night of Friday-Saturday before taking money from the donation box.
The police cracked the case within hours as the incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed in an adjoining school run by the church.
St. Basil comes under the Delhi diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and was established 27 years ago.
CCTV footage from a school for the physically challenged adjacent to the church provided the police with crucial clues leading them to identify the accused, and apprehend them.
According to the police, the accused duo – both 17 years of age and residents of Rohini's sector 3 — had scaled the wall of the Church around 3:30 a.m.
Investigating police officer, who does not want to be named, told ucanews.com that arrested youth are drug addicts and committed the crime for money.
The police officer said it is a simple case of theft and ruled out any communal angle.
Father JojiKurien Thomas, vicar of St. Basil church told ucanews.com that the parish maintains good relation with people in the area and “never experienced anything like this before.”
He said church’s caretaker K. Jose, who came to prepare for service early on Saturday found the church windows shattered, the cross damaged and donation box open and empty. He informed the priest, who then called the police.
Father Thomas said that “we don’t suspect any communal angle as the people in the area are very supportive. We never faced any unwanted issues in the area”.
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