Pastor, Believers attacked in Maharashtra
A mob of about 20 Hindu Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena on November 15 accused a pastor of forced conversion, stripped and beat him up till he felt unconscious in Bhayander, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
According to EFI source, at around 12:30 p.m., the extremists barged into the Church of God shouting slogans “Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra”, vandalized the church and assaulted Pastor Philip Fernandez.
They beat up the pastor till he felt unconscious and 20 believers who were attending the prayer meeting were also confined.
The NDTV, a national television channel, telecast the incident on Sunday.
The extremists also falsely accused the Christians of distributing gospel tracts whereas the believers were giving out flyers for a peace convention to be held.
The police have arrested 15 attackers under Section 143,147,148,149,451,427 and 323 of the Indian Penal code.
Please pray for Mumbai and for the suffering Christians.
Pastor, Believer arrested in Karnataka
Police arrested a pastor and one believer on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Hindu extremists from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) of forced conversion in Hosur Road, Bangalore, Karnataka.
According to EFI source, the extremists barged into the house- church worship meeting conducted by Pastor Sujnanamm, who is a student of Bhirian Baptist Bible College and his ministry is also supported by the Bible College.
The radicals beat up the pastor and dragged him to the police station where he was charged with forceful conversion.
The police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the pastor and Dr. Advin S. Chilly, President of the Bhirian Baptist Bible College under Section 295A and 506 of the Indian Penal Code for malicious acts to outrage religious feelings and punishment for criminal intimidation respectively.
The Christians remain in Jail at press time.
EFI requests to Remember the churches and believers of Karnataka in your prayers who are facing oppositions and attacks from the Hindu extremists.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations