Taherpur (WB) : Unidentified persons vandalised a church at Taherpur in West Bengal’s Nadia district, the police said ON Friday. Unidentified persons entered the St Thomas Catholic Church at Taherpur late last night in an attempt to steal valuables, Nadia Superintendent of Police (SP) Bharatlal Meena said.

Nadia district magistrate Vijay Bharati has confirmed the incident. The Church’s caretaker this morning found that the main door, which he had locked last evening, was ajar and a few belongings and the cyborium were broken and thrown outside, the police said.

“Though all the valuables of the Church are intact, we are trying to find out how they managed entering the Church despite the main door and windows were locked from inside,” a senior police officer of Taherpur Police Station told PTI. “We have received a complaint from the Church authorities and started a case of attempt of theft,” he said. Father Satish Makal said that the ciborium and the tabernacle were thrown outside the church building. During the initial probe the police found that nobody in the Church’s densely-populated neighbourhood ‘heard anything suspicious’ last night. The police had questioned two priests and a couple of medical officers staying at an adjacent building. Taherpur’s St Thomas Catholic Church is around 25 km away from the Ranaghat Church .

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To upgrade status of transgenders

Kolkata: The West Bengal Government has taken special initiatives to upgrade status of the highly marginalised and vulnerable transgenders who are lagging behind on human development indices mainly in the areas of education and employment.

“Majority of this community is either not educated or less educated and thus, unable to participate fully in social, cultural, political and economic activities,” Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja told reporters.


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