Hindu Extremists belonging to the Hindu Rakshane Vedike (A movement to save Hinduism) on December 8 attacked a pastor, accusing him of ‘forceful conversion’ in Ibrahim Pura, Bellary, Karnataka.
According to EFI correspondent Rev. Noel Kotian, at about 5 p.m., a mob of about 25 extremists stopped Pastor N. Satyam from Assembly of God Church and one believer on their way back home from a prayer meeting. The extremists dragged the Christians out from an auto-rickshaw, verbally abused them and falsely accused the pastor of forceful conversion.
The police led by Sub-Inspector Devendrappa arrived at the scene and took the Christians to the police station, where they were detained for about 6 hours.
Later in the evening, about 100 Christians turned up at the police station and staged a protest against the violence shown upon the Christians.
The dalits also supported the Christians as atrocities against the Christians took place on a regular basis in the area.
No police complaint was lodged and the matter was settled peacefully between the two parties.
However, it was also reported that the Christian leaders plan to stage a protest rally in Bellary on December 15 to demand for protection and religious freedom.
Please pray for Karnataka and that the Christians will stand firm in their faith amid the ongoing persecutions.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
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