Church attack accused gets bail in Agra

May 26, 2015 by  
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St Mary's Church at PratappuraAgra, May 25, 2015: A court granted bail to Haider Ali, the man arrested for attacking a Catholic church last month, saying his name was not in the First Information Report police filed.

Police arrested him saying he attacked St Mary’s Church at Pratappura May 16 after a tiff with his Christian girlfriend.

Additional district and sessions judge Pankaj Kumar Singh said no one identified him in court and that all the police have is a ‘self confession’.??

Ali’s defence lawyers Dinesh Aggarwal and Manoj Kumar Sharma told the Times of India that the poor rickshaw puller was falsely accused. “His only fault was that he was passing by the church when the incident occurred.”

“In the court, neither police nor the complainant party produced any evidence against him. Taking cognizance of the FIR, which did not even mention Haider’s name, and the fact that he had no previous criminal record, the judge granted him bail on two sureties of Rs 25,000 each,” the lawyers said.

Public prosecutor Shishupal Yadav confirmed that Ali had got bail on Wednesday.?

However, the 23-year-old Ali, who hails from Sultanpura area of Idagh colony, is still in the district jail, as he doesn’t have money to pay his bail bond.

The attackers had decapitated the statue of Baby Jesus and put what resembled some sort of a leash around the neck of the statue.

The desecration, which had come on the heels of a string of similar attacks on churches in New Delhi, had the 1 lakh-odd Christians in Agra up in arms, following which the state minority commission dashed off letters to the district magistrate and SSP.

The commission sought an explanation from the officers even as police lodged an FIR against unidentified persons hours after the incident came to light.

– times of india

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