EFI News: Christians attacked in Chhattisgarh

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April 28, 2009:

A group of people attacked a gospel meeting organised by Christian Community Church on April 20 in Dalli Rajhara, Durg Chhattisgarh.

According to an EFI correspondent, Rev, Akhilesh Edgar, at about 9:30 p.m. a group of people from the Sikh community attacked the Christians meeting where four pastors, all converts from Sikh religion were guest speakers .It was also reported that the four pastors still follow their culture of wearing turbans and growing their beard.

The attackers accused the Christians of forceful conversion, termed the four pastors as traitors of Sikhism, demanded their arrests and beat them up.

Police arrived at the spot and escorted the four pastors to Balod area and were sent back to Delhi by train the same night.

Durg’s Sikh community submitted a memorandum against the Christians to the state’s Governor, Chief Minister and Home Minister.

The state's Chief Minister assured the Sikh community that appropriate action will be taken.

Local Christian leaders denied any attempted forceful conversion.

Please pray for justice and for peace in Chhattisgarh.

In another incident in Chhattisgarh, a Christian identified as Gyan Singh was arrested by police on April 15 on charges of forceful conversion in Chakarbhata, Balispur.

Hindu extremists falsely accused Singh of luring four people identified as Arjun, Dhuri , Ramesh Bareth and Ganesh Kaushik to Christianity by sharing the gospel and inviting them to a Christian meeting held in the chapel of the Mission Hospital, reported an EFI correspondent, Akhilesh Edgar.

A mob of Hindu extremists swelled up in the police station and filed a police complaint against the Christian.

Gyan Singh was arrested under Section 153(a) and 295(a) of the Indian Penal Code for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings and promoting enmity between different group on grounds of religion respectively.

Local Christian leaders denied any attempted forceful conversion in the area.

Please pray for the suffering Christians in Chhattisgarh.

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