Masihi Mandir, an Independent Church, pastored by Rev. Nelson Daniel was vandalized by a group of about 20-25 Hindu extremists on Sunday June 1st 2008, in Oriya Para, Raipur Naka, Durg, Chhattisgarh.
The incident took place at around 11 am during the worship service. The miscreants shouting Jai Sri Ram (Praise Lord Rama) slogans barged inside the church and disrupted the service and destroyed church furniture. They threatened the worshippers of dire consequences if they continue to worship Christ and falsely accused them of converting Hindus to Christianity.
Rev. S. Das of the Mennonite Church, Bhilai informed the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) that again in the evening around 40 extremists gathered near the Church premises shouting anti Christian’s slogans. The mob claimed they will organize more attacks on the churches in the area.
An FIR has been lodged against the unknown persons under Section 295, 147, 323 of Indian Penal Code.
A group of concerned Christians led by Rev. Arpan Tarun, met the Collector Shri. Subrat on June 2, 2008 and submitted a memorandum. They also spoke to the Superintendent of Police (Rural) Shri. Thakur requesting appropriate action to be taken against the culprits. The delegation was assured of the support of the administration.
EFI requests prayer for the safety of the congregation of Masihi Mandir Church and for the authorities to take necessary action against the culprits.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
Evangelical Fellowship of 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.