• Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| March 10, 2015| 5.00 pm IST The Mangaluru police have arrested a person in connection to the stone-pelting incident that took place at the St Joseph Vaz prayer centre in Panir late last month. A glass frame housing a statue of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus was damaged in the incident which took place on the night of February 24. The arrested person has been identified as Ananda (30), a resident of Ukkuda, Kinya. "The man was working with the church till a month ago and he was unhappy with the pay. He was drunk that night and was the one who threw stones at the prayer centre." Police Commissioner S Murugan told The News Minute. Ananda, a painter by profession, was arrested on March 9 and sent to judicial custody the next day. The investigation of the case was taken up by the ACP south, on the instructions issued by the police commissioner and a special team was constituted. The Commissioner also said that the Panir incident was a random act, but that it had got attention from the public and was given a communal color. "The media gave it a communal color, now the media needs to clarify," he added.