Church in Roorkee Vandalized by right-wing mob

On the morning of Sunday, 3rd October, a church in Solanipuram, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, a group of the agitated mob of more than 200 barged into an ongoing morning prayer. As reported to the wire by Prio Sadhana Lanse, the church pastor’s wife, “over 200 men and women belonging to the local Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing, barged into the church and started vandalising it, while beating the churchgoers.” Speaking to The Wire, Lanse said that the attackers went on a rampage and smashed everything that came in their way. “The frenzied mob, shouting slogans like ‘Vande mataram’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, barged into the church, which is on the first floor of the building,” Lanse said. “They started beating our volunteers and the women attackers bashed up our womenfolk.” Miss Lanse had registered an FIR under Sections 295, 296, 395, 323, 504, 506, and 427, which deal with defiling a place of worship, disturbing a religious assembly, dacoity, voluntarily causing hurt, insults which disturb the public peace, criminal intimidation and mischief causing damages greater than Rs 50. Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar on Monday, a day after the incident, said strict action will be taken against those who vandalized a church in Haridwar’s Roorkee The police are yet to arrest in the case. The Hindu reported that Mr. Kumar said incidents of assault and vandalism are “not acceptable” under any circumstances. “We have instructed officers to take strict action against those involved in the act,” he said. Mr. Kumar said an adequate number of police personnel have been deployed in the church and surrounding areas.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 5 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

FIR under IPC Sections 295, 296, 395, 323, 504, 506 and 427, Circle Officer - Vivek Kumar

Investigating agency Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :Police had registered the FIR under various IPC Section related to disturbing religious assembly, vandalism, and dacoity. 6 identified and 200 unknown had been in FIR Current status Under investigation :No arrests had been made so far
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Date of incident: October 03, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Attack on religious festivals/place of worship
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Causal factors
  • Allegation of religious conversion
  • No. of People Injured 5
    Name of the victim : Church follower- Akshi Chauhan and Church volunteer - Rajat
    Name of Perpetrator Four Women - Rajni Goel, Rakhi Pradhan, Banita Chauhan, Seema Goel – and two men – Dhir Singh and Shiv Prasad Tyagi
    State Uttarakhand
    District/City Haridwar
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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