As Christians took to streets of Delhi over recent attacks on churches, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday promised to step up security at their religious places amid his assertion that any discrimination on the basis of religion will not be tolerated. He said an impartial inquiry has been ordered into the recent incidents as a delegation of Christian leaders met him to say that five churches were attacked in the last two and a half months in Delhi and holy relics and holy communion were destroyed but police was doing nothing.
The Home Minister told the delegation that the government would not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of caste, colour or religion, a Home Ministry official said. Singh also instructed Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to make proper arrangements for the security of churches and other places of worship, he said. The delegation gave a memorandum to him demanding security for Christians and their places of worship.
Meanwhile, members of the community staged a major protest in the city on the eve of assembly polls, accusing the government of inaction and wondered why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on the issue. Police detained over 200 protesters from outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in central Delhi when they tried to march towards the residence of the Home Minister in a high security area here.
A number of priest and elderly persons including women were picked up police and forced into buses. Some protesters, carrying placards, squatted on the road demanding protection to the churches.