Maliapota (Nadia), Dec. 26 : The district administration swung into action today and put in place an intelligence network to prevent the recurrence of incidents like the looting of the church here during midnight mass.
Members of the Christian community blocked traffic for about two hours on the Krishnagar-Karimpore Road protesting against police inaction following the raid. Angry residents also gheraoed the sub-divisional officer of Tehatta, Asim Bhattacharya, when he came here to conduct an inquiry.
The police had picked up three persons yesterday and today they claimed to have arrested four more.
Central intelligence officials interrogated the trio, all in their mid twenties, arrested yesterday. Latif Sheikh, Subol Ghosh and Channat Mir were remanded in custody till December 31.
Senior officials, both from the civic and police administration, kept trooping into the church throughout the day. A meeting between the police and officers of the Border Security Force was held in presence of the residents and church authorities.
Union social justice minister Satyabrata Mukherjee was among the visitors to the the church. District zilla parishad chairman Radhanath Biswas spoke to the priests and nuns.
Additional superintendent of police Pallab Kanti Ghosh was asked to continue a round-the-clock camp at the spot. A police picket with six armed constables has been set up in front of the church premises. “We have alerted the BSF so that the rest of the gang cannot flee to Bangladesh,” said superintendent of police J.P. Singha Roy.