Protest Against Demolition of St Antony Holy Cross Prayer Centre, Demand to Arrest Culprits

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Protest Against Demolition of St Antony Holy Cross Prayer Centre, Demand to Arrest Culprits

Mangaluru: Kulur Parishioners staged a protest against the demolition of St Antony Holy Cross Prayer Centre and demanded to arrest the culprits behind the demolition at Kavoor – Kulur Junction here on February 8.

Before the protest, a mass was held at the St Antony Church Kulur. Addressing the protesters PRO of Mangalore Diocese Roy Castelino said, “The Christian community is peace-loving. We do not harm nor fight with anyone. Today we are here to protest against the injustice done to us by demolishing the 40-year-old prayer centre. On February 5, some people had demolished the prayer centre and stolen its belongings. But even after three days, the police have not taken any action against the culprits. On Saturday when we filed a complaint, the police officer at Kavoor police station assured us of taking action, but even after 78 hours, the culprits have not been arrested. Our police are good at arresting the culprits within 24 hours of the crime but in our case even after 78 hours, the culprits are not arrested. We demand that the police arrest the culprits involved in the demolition of the prayer centre. If the police failed to arrest them, we will have to intensify our protest”.

Addressing the protesters former corporator Mariamma Thomas said, “This is a symbolic protest against the demolition of St Antony Holy Cross prayer centre. The DC had directed not to demolish the prayer centre and there was also a stay order from the court and the hearing was scheduled for February 14. But before that, some people violated the court order as well as DC’s order and demolished the prayer centre which is gross injustice towards the Christian community. The Kavoor police also did not cooperate with us, they refused to receive our complaint. We demand the arrest of those involved in the demolition of the prayer centre and also action against the police for failing in their duty.”

President of District Congress Labour Cell, Lawrence D’Souza said, “This is a symbolic protest, in the coming days if the culprits are not arrested, we will intensify our protest. When the prayer centre was demolished, we went to the police station to hand over the complaint demanding the arrest of the culprits. We had even provided the evidence and the names of those involved in demolition but so far no action has been taken. We demand the arrest of those involved in the demolition. The prayer centre should be reconstructed in the same place and justice should be done”.

Parish Priest of St Antony Church Vincent D’Souza, President of St Antony’s Holy Cross Committee, Antony Prakash Lobo, members Cyprian D’Souza, Francis Pinto, Valerian Lobo, Social activist and community leader Stany Alvares and others were also present.


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