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Cryptic graffitis stenciled on buildings in Shillong
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 18:
Published on 19 Jun. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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The city walls here in Meghalaya today were found stenciled with cryptic graffiti, including on important government buildings and Christian-run educational institutions.
Two FIRs have been filed, one by Rector of Don Bosco Technical School, Fr. LB Anthony and the other by Principal of St. Anthony’s College, Fr. I Warpakma.
The state police have registered a case under section 295 A IPC for hurting religious sentiments.
Most of the graffiti were stenciled with black paint walls of the Raj Bhavan, state main and additional secretariat buildings and missionary-run educational institutions.
The graffiti’s raised questions on Uranium issue, which is a sensitive issue in the state and sacrilegious remarks on religion. Others were more cryptic ones depicting cockroaches, scorpions with human face apparently of local politicians’.
One of the graffiti on the Raj Bhavan walls said in the local Khasi dialect: “Hangne Dei Uranium (Uranium sold here) How much?”
Many of the others had pictures, with uncanny resemblance of state politicians, with questions and remarks on Uranium. One in front of the main state secretariat building said: “Need Uranium? Thlen (mythical serpent in Khasi folklore) at your service.”
However, what have left the police baffled are the ones stenciled on the life size statue of Don Bosco and educational institutes run by missionaries.
The graffiti on the Don Bosco statue had stenciled picture of crucified Jesus with a writing “Rs 9.26, 36,105.80 p” on the top.
Another graffiti had a picture of the Pope with an “arrest this man” was that of Pope Benedict XVI found below on the walls of Don Bosco Technical School and St Anthony’s College.
Archbishop of the Shillong Archdiocese, Rev Dominic Jala strongly condemning the sacrilegious act, expressed surprise on the motive behind the acts of vandalism.
Superintendent of Police, A Mawthoh said preliminary investigation suggest this being the work of mischief mongers. “The graffiti and pictures are not at all consistent, it looks the work of some mischief mongers,” Mawthoh said.
“There must have been more than one persons involved in these act of vandalism and seems it was well organized,” Syiem said, adding, investigations were on to nab the culprits.

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