EFI News: Persecution report from two states of India

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October 8, 2009:

Christian assaulted and kidnapped in Ludhiana

Opposing to his preaching the Bible, five Hindu extremists on 6 October beat and kidnapped a Christian worker, Vijay Kumar on Samral Chowk in Ludhiana.

Our correspondent, Rev Isaac Dutta reported that at about 7:30 a.m., Vijay Kumar was distributing gospel tracts when five men arrived in a jeep, forcefully took him inside the vehicle and mercilessly assaulted him.

The Hindu extremists beat, punched and kicked him. They repeatedly hit him on his stomach and cut him in his chest and leg with a knife as they questioned him on how much incentive he received by being a Christian, whom he is with and who is sponsoring him. They also threatened to cut him into pieces and throw his body in a well if he continues to preach the gospel.

Later, he was taken to a jungle; there he was mercilessly beaten up again. Local Christian leader Bachman Mashid called up Kumar and the kidnappers took the call and told Mashid that they kidnapped Kumar for preaching the Bible.

Christian search team at about 7: 30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. look out for the Christian in the jungle. At about 2 a.m., they received a phone call from Vijay Kumar telling them that the Kidnappers took him back to Samral Chowk. The extremists threw him out to the road from a running jeep.

The Christian was bleeding profusely and was taken to a Christian Medical College hospital where he  received hospital treatment. Other than the severe abdomen pain he is suffering at press time, he is recovering well, said our correspondent.

Local Christian leaders lodged a police complaint at Shingaar Police Chowki. Local Christians mass up at the police station today demanding immediate arrests of the culprits.

Kindly pray for the quick recovery of Vijay Kumar and for peace in Ludhiana.

Christian falsely accused in Pendra, Chhattisgarh

On October 4 in Pendra , Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused a Christian of forceful conversion and of illegal trafficking. .

Our correspondent, Akhilesh Edgar reported that members from the BJP apposed Markus Das for preaching and severely beat him up. To implicate the pastor into a false case, the extremists accused the pastor of smuggling teak wood. The extremists plant a dozen teak woods in the pastor’s jeep at midnight and informed the Chhattisgarh Forest Department.

Jurisdiction of Forest Department will deal with this case separately and preliminary investigation is going on.

The Chhattisgarh Christian Forum met the Addition Superintendent of Police regarding the attacked made on Pastor Markus Das. A case was frame against the attackers. No arrests had been made at press time.

Please pray for justice and for peace in Chhattisgarh.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell

Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India


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