Churches attacked in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa in India

General September 14, 2008


EFI News

1. Karnataka: Hindu fanaticism is fast spreading its tentacles and reaching out to other States too.

EFI correspondent in Banglaore Rev. Noel Kotian reports, today during the worship service several churches belonging to New Life, Roman Catholics and CSI are attacked. The places are Belthangadi, Modanthiar, Moodabidri, Kodikal, Tokottu, and many in Mangalore. The Catholic church called Milagres was attacked statue of Jesus and St Joseph were smashed to pieces. In all 8 churches of New Life Fellowship, 4 churches of Roman Catholics, 1 of CSI are attacked. The worshippers were beaten. Men, women and even children were beaten and Bibles burned.

There is a bandh called by Christians tomorrow. Please pray.

2. Madhya Pradesh: Masihi Mandir CNI Church in Indore was burnt by Hindu activists on Saturday, September 13, 2008.

The miscreants entered the Church at around 10:30 pm and set it on fire. The church is located in the Chawni area. Interestingly, the Church is only a few minutes walk from the Chawni Police station.

The fire was spotted by few onlookers who managed to douse it quickly. The damage due to fire has not been very extensive but doors, windows and other wooden material has been burnt irrecoverably.

Sometime back this Church was attacked by Bajrang Dal activists causing severe damage to its property. They shattered its window panes, broke the furniture and other items kept in the Church.

3. Orissa: Rev. Patnayak of the Orissa Missionary Movement, reported to EFI that a Church was burnt by irate mob having allegiance with Hindu militant outfits in village Anchhla, Borigumma, Koraput on the night of September 13th.

EFI requests prayers for the persecuted Christains and for peace and normalcy to be restored.


Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India


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