Christians protest church demolition

December 14, 2012 by  
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Members of the Apostolic Mission claimed that they have been using the building for seven years.

Christians protest church demolitionChennai, December 12, 2012: Christians in Chennai are protesting the city corporation’s attempt to seal and demolish an unauthorised building used as a prayer hall.

The protesters objected to the corporation’s move to demolish the unauthorised part in the church and blocked traffic on Poonamallee High Road yesterday.

Members of the Apostolic Mission claimed that they have been using the building for seven years and they could not be evicted.

Officials, however, said that the building in Aminjikarai deviated from the sanctioned plan.

“The church submitted a request to build a single-storey building and approval was given for that. But they constructed two additional floors without permission. So we served a notice one month ago and today our employees went to seal the building,” said an official of the corporation.

The church members said they had a special prayer on yesterday morning and the civic officials came inside the prayer hall without notice.

“They asked us to vacate, saying that they are going to demolish the building. We have been using it for more than seven years. How can we be thrown out like this?” said Jebiz, assistant pastor of the church.

After more than 100 devotees gathered in front of the building and blocked traffic, officials left without sealing the building.

The priest and members have also sought some more time to submit a revised plan.

Corporation commissioner D. Karthikeyan said that the church has approached the state government with an appeal against action.

– times of india

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