Amid police cover, Easter celebrated in Delhi

New Delhi, April 5: The Christian community celebrated Easter on Sunday with prayers and sumptuous meals, with police providing protection to all major congregations. While some Christians attended the Easter vigil a day earlier, large numbers of people took part in the morning mass in churches all across the city. Special Commissioner of Police Deepak Mishra said the force had been told to maintain “a strict vigil” at all the churches in the city to avoid any untoward incident. “We have deployed adequate officials and armed police personnel at every church. A PCR van has been stationed outside many churches,” Mishra told IANS. M.S. Stanislaus, secretary of the Federation of Catholic Association, said the recent attacks on some churches here made the government step up security outside Christian institutions. “Before Easter a delegation spoke to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi. Now onward security will be deployed outside every church on every Christian festival,” Stanislaus told IANS. Speaking about the festival, 27-year-old John Mathew said people celebrate it by making and distributing chocolates to children. “The egg today holds great significance as it signifies life.” Jennifer Richards, 32, said Easter holds a great message to the people. “This day, Jesus rose from the dead. It tells us that we should not be bogged down by challenges in life.” (IANS)

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