EFI News: Persecution report from Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh

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October 29, 2009:

Worship Service disrupted in Uttarakhand

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal disrupted the Sunday worship service (October 25) of Ministry of the Gospel in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.

According to EFI correspondent, Rev. Madan Rana, Hindu extremists barged into the worship service conducted by Pastor Victor Masih and beat him up. The extremists threatened the believers that they will continue to attack them if they conduct in future Christian meetings and that they will forcefully perform Hindu rituals to convert them into Hinduism.

The enraged extremists tore up the Bibles and took all Christian literature. They also took some believers mobile phone and threatened to cut the tyres of the ministry motor bike park outside. The mobile phones were later returned to the Christians.

No police complaint was lodged.

Kindly pray for courage and wisdom for the Christians in Rudrapur.

Pastor attacked in Madhya Pradesh

Suspected Hindu extremists with their faces covered attacked Pastor Pavithra Kumar of Beersheba Church of God on October 25 in Masturi, Madhya Pradesh.

Our Correspondent Akhilesh Edgar reported that Pastor Kumar after church service was approached by one man asking him about a boy. The man left after the pastor told him he knew no such boy. Within a minute the man returned with 10 masked men who arrived on the spot by motor bikes armed with hockey and wooden sticks.

The extremists summoned the pastor out to the road and they started beating him with their fists and sticks.

The pastor fled to the church and managed to close the church doors on the extremists; Kumar was left with injuries on his head, chest, hand and neck.

The Christians lodged a police complaint and police investigation is underway

Kindly pray for peace in  Madhya Pradesh where Christians in the state have suffered increased attacks after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power.

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