A group of unknown miscreants attacked a church in Tumakuru district on Thursday, reported The Times of India.
Footage from the CCTV camera installed near the church shows that they set the Tomlinson church door on fire in the wee hours. The footage shows a man throwing Molotov cocktails on the door. The fire, however, did not spread beyond the door.
The church reportedly celebrated its 86th anniversary recently.
Police said that teams have been formed to trace the culprits, said SP Karthik Reddy.
“We have been coming here to pray for 60 years.The church is surrounded by peace-loving citizens. We don't restrict anyone from entering. In the morning, residents living in the vicinity come to walk in the premises,“ he said.
“We won't allow such incidents to happen. We will take steps to avoid them,” said Deputy commissioner Mohan Raj.
Tumakuru police have registered a case.
In 2008, Karnataka faced a series of church attacks and attacks on Christians in Mangaluru by right-wing groups.