Diwali ‘Fire Cracker’ Attack on Delhi Church
Rajan Jonathan Singh, 52, pastor of the church in the crowded market place of Mayur Vihar, told Global Christian News that the attack was “absolutely intentional”.
Singh’s Church, founded by his father and named after him, is the Sher Singh Memorial Evangelical Christian Church of India. The Church building occupies the ground floor while Singh’s residence is on the first and second floor of the building.
On the night of the incident, Singh and his wife Varsha were sleeping on the first floor of the building, while their 19-year-old son and 26-year-old daughter were sleeping in their respective rooms on the second floor.
As the family was fast asleep on the night of ‘Deepavali’, just before midnight, “someone threw a box of crackers in our balcony. One of our balcony blinds which is made up of bamboo was half open, and the box was aimed in a way to land inside our balcony,” said Singh.
The box contained about 8-10 large firecrackers in it, which included rockets. A fire was lit at one end of the closed box and the rockets started to shoot in different directions one after the other.
Soon the bamboo blinds covering the balcony caught fire and started to burn putting the building at risk.
“We slept unaware till the time some of our neighbours started to pelt stones on our bedroom window to wake us up,” said Pastor Singh.
“We were baffled and started to douse the fire by pouring water on it. My children poured water from the second floor of the house,” he added.
Nobody answered their call at the emergency Fire Station number, so they informed the police.
A written complaint was registered in the area police station on 31st October.
“Thankfully we took control over the fire in time and there was no loss of life or major damage to property. One of the bamboo blinds covering our balcony was fully burnt and the other too was in flames and is damaged. The electrical main circuit of the house is hardly 2 feet from the balcony, we thank God that it did not catch fire,” said Singh.
Pastor Singh and his family have taken security precautions following the attack and have installed CCTV cameras to reduce the risk of attack.