Priest in hospital after being roughed up for conducting prayers in Tamil

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BANGALORE, February 26, 2013

Priest in hospital after being roughed up for conducting prayers in Tamil

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Devotees of St. Mary’s Church have filed a counter complaint with the Sampigehalli police, alleging that a group of people assaulted parish priest Fr. Jacob and vandalised the church on Sunday for conducting prayers in Tamil.

The complaint said that around 20 people barged into the church, and beat him up amid police security outside the church.

He was taken to Bowring Hospital from where he was shifted to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences for head injuries.

CCTV footage of the attack has been handed over to the police.

Complaint

The complaint alleged that the police, instead of taking action against the attackers, questioned the need to conduct prayers in Tamil, claiming it would invite trouble.Sampigehalli police had registered a complaint filed by Raphael Raj on Sunday, alleging Fr. Jacob had beaten him up.

Police said preliminary inquiries revealed that while Fr. Jacob allegedly pushed Mr. Raj when he went to hand over a petition asking him to conduct prayers in Kannada, the latter had assaulted the priest.

Investigation is on.

Archbishop Bernard Moras, quoting Fr. Jacob, told The Hindu that a group of people had barged into the church and created a scene. Who gave them the authority to do so, he sought to know.

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