Sunday, May 30, 2010

Christian hall demolished in Tamil Nadu

A Christian prayer hall, allegedly built in violation of the government rules, has been demolished by government officials at Kambipadu near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
The hall was demolished May 28 following complaints from Hindu Munnani that its construction violated a ban on any new building in the area.
Hindu Munnani is a religious and cultural organization in Tamil Nadu which was formed to defend the Hindu religion, protect Hindu religious monuments.
According to officials, local Hindu Munnani leader Ramamurthy had complained that the Government had banned new constructions after tidal waves lashed the area in 1964.
Besides this, strict rules banning construction near the sea were enforced after the 2004 Tsunami, they said.
The officials said there was no need for another church in the area as St.Anthony’s church existed there for several decades and that a new church might create tension among people.
“We decided to solve the problem at the start and demolish the church, which has been constructed violating all rules,” they said.
A church official is being questioned in connection with the construction, they said.

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