EFI News: Churches continue to burn in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India

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January 29, 2010

Chitradurga: EFI correspondent Rev. Noel Kotian reports from Bangalore that suspected Hindu extremists on 28 January burned a church to the ground in Rajpura, Chitradurga, Karnataka.

At the early break of dawn, a group of unknown culprits poured gallons of kerosene on Jesus Loves Holy Temple Church, and set the Church on fire and burned it down.

A complaint was lodged at the Manakalmuru police station. It was reported that prior to the attack, the anti- Christians elements took the photographs of the church and threatened the Christians of the area to stop worshipping or face dire consequence.

Thernamakki: On January 24, suspected Hindutva activists attacked the church at Thernamakki, which is situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal. The attackers smashed the glass window panes of the Church after midnight.

The Thernamakki church attack comes in the wake of the similar attempt to vandalise and destroy the Cross in the Mundalli church on Friday, January 22.

Christian worker brutally assaulted in Karnataka

Hindu extremists from the Rashtriya Swayamsavak Sangh forced into the worship meeting of Indian Evangelical Mission rented church and brutally assaulted the Christian worker on January 24 in Bidarikere, Chitradurga.

According to our correspondent Rev. Noel Kotain, the extremists shouting slogans barged into the meeting and started assaulting the Christian worker H. Raju who was leading the meeting. The extremists accused Raju of forceful conversion, beat him up, burned up Bibles and Christian literature and dragged him out to the streets.

The extremists forced the Christian worker to locate the Christians’ houses in the area. Entering into three Christian houses, the Hindu hardliners warned the Christians to stop worshipping Jesus or face dire consequences

Local Christian leaders filed a police complaint at Jagalur police station on 27 January. The same day the area Christian leaders were summoned to the police station for further inquiries.

On 28 January Police arrested three extremists under Sections 504,505,143,147,323 of the Indian Penal Code.

Praise God for justice and kindly continue to pray for Karnataka where persecution of Christians is a common occurrence.

Church burnt in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Suspected Hindu extremists burned down a church to ashes, causing serious injury to a pastor in his attempts to extinguish the fire on January 22 in Pahari Sharif, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

A group of unknown miscreants broke into the Memorial Gypsy Church (MGC) and set it afire by pouring several gallons of kerosene oil, destroying church furniture, carpets, electrical wires, fans, lectern, song books, prayer books and Bibles.

Pastor Kumara Nayak acquired third degree burns all over his body in his attempt to extinguish the fire. He was admitted at the Relief Hospital.

Police complaint was filed by the area Christians at Pahari Sharif Police Station and First Information Report was registered against the perpetrators.

Sub Inspector Lakhsmi Reddy informed EFI that FIR was registered against the unknown miscreants under Sections 295 (A) and 436 of the Indian Penal Code. Police investigation is going on.

Please pray for the pastor who is still in the hospital and for the church members of the Memorial Gypsy Church.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
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