EFI News Persecution Watch, May 26, 2010

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Evangelist beaten up in Hubli, Karnataka

A mob of Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal attacked an evangelist including three women on May 18 in Hubli, Karnataka.

Our correspondent Rev Noel Kotian reported that at about 6:30 p.m. Evg. Edward Bellary and three women from Mayer Memorial Church (MMC) were invited by one family to pray for a sick lady when the extremists barged in and accused them of forceful conversion and of deceiving the family with false hopes and beat up the evangelist.

Later, one believer Elish Mulur came to rescue Bellary from the angry mob. However, when he reached the spot, the extremists badly beat him up. He sustained injuries and his left ear- drum was damaged, reported Dr. Daniel, church member of MMC.

The extremists dragged Bellary to the police station and pressured the police to arrest him. He was detained in the police station for about 8 hours but he was later released without charges.

Sunday worship disrupted in K.R Nagar, Karnataka

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal disrupted the Sunday worship service (May 2), verbally abused the Christians of their faith and beat up a pastor in K.R Nagar, Mysore, Karnataka

According to our correspondent, the extremist barged into the worship meeting and abused the Christians of their faith and forcefully took Pastor Elisha to the police station. The police officials questioned the pastor for 1 hour, took a written statement from him and then filed a case against him under use of un-authorized worship place.

The police further warned the pastor not to conduct Christian meetings and activities in future.

Kindly continue to pay for peace and religious tolerance in Karnataka.

2 pastors arrested in Mandya, Karnataka

Karnataka police arrested two Christians after Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal attacked a Vocational Bible School (VBS) and accused 2 pastors of forceful conversion on May 19 in Madhya District, Karnataka.

Our correspondent reported that the extremists at about 1:30 p.m. stormed the Bible school organised by pastor(s) Shanth Kumar and Nagesh Kumar, accusing the pastors of forceful conversion.

The extremists dragged the two pastors and two students to Belakawadi Police Station. The pastors were arrested under Section 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code and sent to Mandhya Jail. However, the two students were released without charges.

Christian meeting attacked in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

On 13 May in Maroda, Bhilai, Chhatisgarh, Hindu extremists allegedly fromThe Bajrang Dal ( Youth Wing) and Dharam Sena ( Religious Army) attacked a cottage prayer meeting and accused the Christians of forceful conversion.

Our correspondent Akhilesh Edgar reported that at 7:30 p.m, about 100 Hindu extremists shouting Hindu slogans massed up near the house of Dwarika Dewangaon where the area Christians were having a prayer meeting.

Accusing the Christians of forceful conversion, they locked the door from the outside and continued to shout anti- Christian slogans. Police came to the spot and took the house owner Dewangaon to the police station for questioning and warned him not to conduct future worship meetings in his home and detained him for about 4 hours.

With area Christian leaders’ intervention, Dewangaon was released without any charges and the area Superintendent of Police informed the Christians that he will look into the matter.

Christians attacked in Kanpur

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal attacked a prayer meeting, beat up a pastor and threatened to kill his son on May 6 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

According to our correspondent, a mob of about 40 Hindu extremists barged into a prayer meeting held in celebration of a church member’s son and accused the Christians of forceful conversion.

The extremists verbally abused Pastor Dalayu, dragged him out to the street and beat him up. They further accused his wife of running a brothel inside the church and threatened to kill his one year old son.

The extremists damaged the church board put up on the wall. The attacks were carried out in the presence of media personnel, according to reports.

Kindly pray for Pastor Dalayu and his family and for peace in Uttar Pradesh.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh 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]

Dr. Raman Singh
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Niwas, Raipur
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0771) 2221000 ; 2221001 ; 2331001
(O) Fax: (0771) 2221306
(R) Tel: (0771) 2331000

Kumari Mayawati
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

(O) Tel: (0522) 2239296
(O) Fax: (0522) 2239234
(R) Tel: (0522) 221122 
(R) Fax: (0522) 220550

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