An angry mob of about 30 Hindu extremists vandalized a church, accused the Christians of ‘forced’ conversion, took the donation and offering bags and seriously injured a pastor's ear drum on November 3 in Clement town, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
According to Rev V S Bhandari, an EFI correspondent in Uttarakhand, the extremists belonging to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bajrang Dal barged into the worship hall of Bethesda Church, accused the Christians of forceful conversion, and damaged the Holy Bibles, gospel literature and furniture. They also took the church offering and donation boxes along with important documents.
Fearing for his life, members of Bethesda Church hid Rev. Hemant Gurung.
In the meantime, Pastor Asher Wasker from the Assembly of God’s Church from Rajpur, a neighbouring area, went to the spot to help the believers. On his arrival, the assailants mercilessly beat him up. The pastor suffered internal injuries and his right ear drum was seriously affected.
Bethesda Church caretaker and Pastor Asher Wasker lodged a police complaint with the help of area Christian leaders.
The police arrested three extremists under Sections 323, 427, 452, 380 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for voluntarily causing hurt, causing damage, trespassing and wrongful restraint, theft and for defiling a place of worship respectively.
The extremists were released at press time.
Atrocities against the Christians in Dehra Dun are on the rise. Please pray for the suffering Christians.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
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