Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Punjab: Five Christian schools ‘burgled’ in 13 days

Incidents of theft at five Christian schools, three in Amritsar and one each in Tarn Taran and Fazilka districts, over the past 13 days have the Diocesan Education Board, Jalandhar, worried.

In Amritsar district, on January 5, thieves reportedly stole Rs 68,000 from Sacred Heart Convent School, Majitha. On January 7, Rs 30,000 was found missing from the locker at Sacred Convent School in Beas. Thieves reportedly broke into St Mary’s Convent School, Chamiyari, on January 10 but could not steal anything, police said.

In Tarn Taran district, on January 13, thieves allegedly stole Rs 45,000 from Sacred Heart School, Harike. On Saturday, thieves broke into Assumption Convent School, Sito Guno Road, at Abohar in Fazilka district. They escaped with Rs 8,000.

Father Roby Kolencherry, representative of Diocesan Education Board, Jalandhar, said he feels that “some anti-religious elements” are involved in these incidents.

But SSP Amritsar Rural Jagdeep Singh rejected the role of any “religious fundamentalist group”.

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Our Take: Coincidence. We don't think so.