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Graffiti of Pope, politicians on Shillong buildings

Shillong, June 18 (Calcutta Tube) The police Friday registered two complaints after allegedly blasphemous graffiti featuring the Pope, among others, appeared on key buildings in this Meghalaya capital.

The pictures had uncanny resemblances to state politicians and Governor R.S. Mooshahary, while others depicted Jesus Christ and the Pope with blasphemous remarks, the complainants said.

Two complaints have been filed, one by the Rector of Don Bosco Technical School, Father L.B. Anthony and the other by the Principal of St. Anthony’s College, Father I. Warpakma.

The police also registered a case under section 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code for deliberate and malicious act intended to hurt the religious feeling of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

‘Preliminary investigation suggests this could be the work of mischief mongers but the matter is a serious one and we are investigating it,’ Superintendent of Police (East Khasi Hills District) A.R. Mawthoh told IANS.

The graffiti were found on the walls of the Raj Bhavan, the main and additional secretariat buildings and Roman Catholic Church-run educational institutions.

Condemning the acts, the Archbishop of Shillong, Dominic Jala, said that the church was surprised by this act.

‘We are unsure about the motive behind this,’ Jala told IANS

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