February 23, 2011
Miscreants on 19 February burned a Christian school, resulting in property damages of about Rs. 60 Lacs in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Our correspondent reported that at about 10:30 p.m, some miscreants set on fire St. Paul's International School having classes from Std I-X. Eight rooms including the class rooms, library and computer rooms were completely burned down.
Speaking to EFI, the principal of the school, Grace Paljor said, "We are now studying the inventory and the damage done is roughly calculated to be about Rs 60 lacs". She also reported that prior to the incident, she was threatened verbally a number of times by some group of people for being a Christian.
The fire which started at 10:15 p.m went on till 5:30 a.m. the next day. The Christian filed a police complaint and investigation is underway.
An appeal to write to authorities
As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Kashmir, appealing to them to safe guard the rights of the minority communities and to give protection to churches against attacks and to take immediate action against the perpetrators of violence.
Shri Omar Abdullah
Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
(Jammu) (O) Tel: (191) 2546466 ; 2546766
(Srinagar) (O) Tel: (194) 2452224 ; 2452228
(Jammu) (O) Fax: (191) 2545529
(Srinagar) (O) Fax: (194) 2452120
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations