NEW DELHI - A few sacred items and a DVD player were stolen from a church in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area, police said on Monday.

But the church’s administration claimed it did not seem to be just an incident of theft as this was the fifth case within nine weeks when a church was targeted.  The ransacking took place at St. Alphonsa’s church in the early hours of Monday.

A few sacred items, including a ciborium (receptacle) and a monstrance kept inside a tabernacle, a cabinet made of wood and glass, were taken away.

The items were stolen from the cabinet and a few of them were also destroyed, police said.

“A few people barged into the church premises. They took away the sacred items and a DVD player. But they did not touch our collection box,” Father Vincent Salvatore told IANS.

Police were informed Monday morning when the church’s guard found the main gate open.

Police have questioned a few people in the church’s neighbourhood and collected the footage of the CCTV installed near the church.

But the Christian community members have sought that police investigate the incident from all possible angles, besides theft.

Savari Muthu Sankar, spokesman for the Delhi archdiocese, told IANS: “The intention of the burglars was not only to steal, but there was some foul play. We demanded from the police that the case should be investigated from other angles also.”

According to the 2011 Census report, Christians number around 130,000 in Delhi, which is home to about 17 million. The Christian population in India is 24 million among the total of 1.2 billion.Man hacks wife to death in UP, arrested.