Mangaluru, Feb 25, 2015: The glass enclosure containing the statues of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus at the St Joseph Vaz shrine at Panir near Derlakatte were damaged due to stone pelting by miscreants on February 24, Tuesday night.
Though it is not yet clear as to who was behind the stoning, a local school boy says he has seen two strangers sitting in front of the shrine on Tuesday night. There has been allegations since long that some youngsters addicted to drugs loitered in the area.
Senior police officials including ACP Shanker Shetty and Sub-Inspector Bharathi have visited the spot and are conducting investigations. Health Minister and local MLA U T Khader visited the place and ensured people that the culprits will not be spared and that serious action will be taken against them.
A case has been registered with the Konaje police station. However, no arrests have been made yet.