EFI News Persecution Watch May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

Evangelist killed in Bihar

Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) mourns the death of two Christian workers who were brutally murdered and appeals to all the Christians to pray for peace in Secular India.

Evangelist. Ravi Murmu was returning home after screening a gospel movie, “Dayasagar” in a nearby village. When he didn't reach home late night, a search ensued whereby they found his severally lacerated dead body, reported our correspondent.

His hands and necks were found chopped off and there were deep cut wounds on his neck and other parts of the body.

His belongings at the time of the attack were found intact including his motorbike, cell phone, watch & Bible. Police investigation is underway.

Kindly pray for all the Christians in Bihar and for the bereaved family of late Evg. Murmu.

Catholic Priest killed near Mumbai

In another incident in Vasi, Mumbai, Father Peter Bombacha, a catholic priest was killed on April 28 in Baboola, approx. 1km away from Vasai Bishops House.

Asia news reported that the priest who was about to turn 74 years old was loved and respected by all.

The reasons for the murder is still unknown.

The annual report recently released by The U.S Commission on International religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed India on the “Watch List” for the second year in succession because of the escalated violence against the Christians.

Christians arrested in Hunsur, Karnataka

Violence against the Christians continued full swing in the Southern state of India, Karnataka where police arrested four Christians on 1 May after alleged Hindu extremists filed a baseless complaint against them of forceful conversion.

Our correspondent, Rev. Noel Kotian reported that church members from St. Francis Xavier organized ‘a discovery of Karnataka tour” starting from March 29.

The church group stopped at Hunsur and as some Christians were peacefully talking to the local people , the extremists rushed in and started accusing the Christians of forceful conversion.

Police arrived on the spot and arrested four Christians including a woman and sent them to Hunsur and Mysore jail respectively.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Bihar respectively, appealing to them to safe guard the rights of the minority communities and to give protection to churches against attacks and to take immediate action against the perpetrators of violence..

Chief Minister of Karnataka
Shri B. S. Yediyurappa

(O) Tel: +91 080 22253414 ; 22253424
(O) Fax: +91 080 22281021 ; 22253660
[email protected]

Governor of Karnataka
Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj   
Raj Bhavan Road,
Bangalore - 560 001

Tel: + 91 80 22254102 ; 22253555
Fax: +91 80 22258150

Email: [email protected]

Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Shri Ashok Chavan
'Varsha' Malbar Hill, Bhausaheb Hiray Marg,
Malabar Hill, Mumbai - 400 006.

(O) Tel: (022) 22025151 ; 22025222
(O) Fax: (022) 23633272;
(R) Tel: (022) 23633051 ; 23634950
[email protected]

Chief Minister of Bihar
Shri Nitish Kumar
Old Sectt. Patna, Bihar
Malabar Hill, Mumbai - 400 006.

(O) Tel: (0612) 2223886 ; 2224784
[email protected]

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