Christians Persecuted in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh

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Subject (i): Severe attack on Pastor and church members in Laggare, Karnataka

Pastor Robert Kennedy and two church members, Mr. Raghavan and Mr.Rajendran of Jesus Preethi Church in Laggare, Bangalore in Karnataka were cruelly attacked on Sunday, January 7, 2007.

The Hindu attackers attended the Sunday morning service at the church and soon after attacked the Pastor and the two members (who came to aid the pastor) with a mike stand that was on hand at the church. They also threatened the pastor, saying “we will crucify you in the same way that Christ was crucified.”

All three Christians were severely beaten and were taken to the hospital. When the Christian Legal Association of India (CLAI) contacted Pastor Kennedy, he reported that 8 stitches were required for him and a total of 13 stitches for Mr. Raghavan for the injuries that they sustained. He also stated that the Christians lodged an FIR with Inspector Chandru at the Rajgopal Nagar Police Station under sections 323, 324, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Christian Legal Association (CLA) Karnataka have planned to submit a memorandum to the chief minister and home minister of the state in regard to the incident.

Subject (ii): Christian youth thrown off train; succumbs to injuries

18- year old Bansi Lal, a Christian youth succumbed to injuries on the morning of 12 January 2007, three days after being thrown off a train in Devas District of Madhya Pradesh. The youth was returning from a meeting of the Pentecostal community.

The youth wing of the Bajrang Dal is alleged to have been involved in the incident as Bansi was a convert from Hinduism. Further, he had been receiving threats since he converted two and a half years ago. Bansi and his brother were the only converts in the family.

Madhya Pradesh has already seen atrocities against Christians this year.