PM Modi summons Delhi Police chief BS Bassi after attack on Christian school

New Delhi(PTI):Meanwhile, Delhi CM designate Arvind Kejriwal condemned the attack. Kejriwal tweeted, “I strongly condemn the attack on Holy Child Auxilium school. These kind of acts will not be tolerated.”


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday summoned Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi following vandalisation of a Christian school in Delhi.

According to PTI reports, Modi has directed Bassi to come down hard on those involved in the incident.

Speaking to media, Bassi said, ” I apprised PM of the situation regarding the attack on a school in Delhi. In addition to school theft, PM also expressed his deep concern over incident of church vandalism that happened recently.

PM has reportedly asked Home Secretary to work towards ensuring the safety and security of women in the Capital.

Holy Child Auxillium School was allegedly vandalised by a group of unidentified persons in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area in the wee hours on Friday.

Police said the office of the school principal was vandalised and some CCTVs were damaged.

The incident took place at Holy Child Auxilium School following which the school was shut and students were asked to go back to their homes. “We are investigating the case and also scanning the footage of CCTVs installed in the school premises,” said a senior official.

Senior police officials rushed to the spot and are collecting the evidence from the school.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM designate Arvind Kejriwal condemned the attack. Kejriwal tweeted, “I strongly condemn the attack on Holy Child Auxilium school. These kind of acts will not be tolerated.”

HRD minister Smriti Irani, who is an alumna of the school, would visit the Holy Child Auxilium campus this afternoon before she leaves for Udaipur to inaugurate the new campus of IIM there. “The school principal today spoke to the minister following which she had also called up Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue,” officials in the HRD ministry said.

They said the ministry is awaiting the report of Delhi Police which is investigating the matter.

Irani has apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the situation and asked him to look into the matter.

Police officers were seen stationed outside the school, which has been shut today with a notice saying, “No classes will be conducted today.”

In January, some unidentified groups had vandalised a church in Vasant Kunj which triggered protests by people belonging to the Christian community.

This is the sixth such attack on Christian institutions in the national capital since November last year.

Five days prior to the Delhi elections, St Alphonsa’s church in Vasant Kunj was vandalised. Previously, a Catholic Church in Vikaspuri was vandalised, the Christmas Crib at Rohini’s Church of Resurrection was burnt, the windows of an Okhla Church were broken and in the worst incident, the St Sebastian Church in Dilshad Garden was gutted in a fire.

With agency inputs