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Church vandalisation in Chhattisgarh raised in RS

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New Delhi: The issue of reported vandalisation of a Chhattisgarh church and manhandling of the congregants figured in Rajya Sabha today, with a Congress member demanding action against the culprits.

Shantaram Naik of Congress said a group of over 15 men allegedly vandalised the prayer hall that served as a church and manhandled the congregants at the Kachana colony in the capital city of Raipur.

“The incident happened at a time when a prayer meeting was in progress. It is learnt that the men came on motorcycles and shouted slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’,” he said during the Zero Hour and sought action against those responsible.

Chattisgarh government has said police were investigating the case.

“When Chattisgarh is ridden with scams of thousands of crore in public distribution system, the people have lost faith in the state government’s investigation,” he said.

Talking about reported hate crimes against gurudwaras in the US, Vivek Gupta (TMC) referred to an incident last week when a 44 year old man broke into a gurudwara in Spokane.

“The person who committed this crime also desecrated sacred items in the gurudwara and tried to damage it … he posed as a naked man and vandalised it,” he said and asked the Ministry of External Affairs to get the matter properly investigated.

Nadimul Haque (also TMC) raised the matter of delay in appointment of Chairperson and other members of the Law Commission.

He said the Ministry of Law and Justice had notified the constitution of the 21st Law Commission of India for a period of three years from September 2015.

“However, almost six months have passed, but the Government has not appointed the Chairman and other Members of the Law Commission till date,” he said.

The delay in appointment will have adverse impact on the working of the Commission as they will have six months less to complete their assigned tasks, he said, urging the Government to appoint all the members expeditiously.

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