Mangaluru, April 1,, 2014: St Joseph Vaz church Panir, spokesperson Alwyn D’Souza said the accused who was arrested by police following the attack on the prayer hall has given false information about his motive behind the attack. He explained, the accused had attacked the prayer hall and glass frame of Mother Mary statue and Infant Jesus on February 24.
The police arrested him on March 10. However, the claims made by the accused on low wages paid is untrue.
"Rubber saplings were planted on the vacant land belonging to Panir church and labourers from Nellyady Kallugundi and so on worked in the plantation along with local labourers. The accused Anand was one among them. He was paid Rs 250 as daily wage in 2011, in 2012 it was increased to Rs 275, and 2013-14 it was Rs 300 and in 2015, hiked to Rs 350 as also paid to all others. Along with wages, tea, meals and snacks were also served to labourers.
The accused claims that he had attacked the prayer centre because of unfair wages is extraneous. He has misled the police. There is no connection between the attack and the work he did for the church; he was strictly paid the agreed wage.