Money factor in break-ins

MONEY kept inside places of worship has been identified as the reason behind the recent break-ins at temples and churches around the country.

This was revealed by Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola while responding to a supplementary question by Opposition MP Prem Singh on the proactive measures Government had in place to combat the desecration of places of worship.

“The police have found out from the youths around these places of worship that the motivating factor is the money that is kept in these places of worship,” Ratu Inoke said.

He confirmed 14 sacrilege cases were with police.

Ratu Inoke said three break-in cases — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Waila in Nausori, Vishnu Bhavan Temple in Sasawira Nakasi and Gopal Sahu Mandir in Nakasi — were before the courts. He said investigations into 11 other temple and church break-ins were continuing.

The 11 cases include break-ins at the Shiv Mandir at Namara Rd Nabua, Nadera Catholic Church, Caubati Mandir, Tagusu AOG Church in Sabeto, Hope AOG in Sabeto, Maharishi Triaath Dhaam Temple, Kalili Settlement Church, Kavanagasau Temple in Sigatoka, Shree Sathya Dharam Ramayan Mandali, Vunisinu Methodist Church and the Waidalice Mandir Temple.