Karnataka Police arrested Pastor Muthyalan Paul on Oct. 26 in Nelamangala, Bangalore, after alleged Muslim radicals barged into a prayer meeting, accused him of forceful conversion, tore Bibles and damaged household items.
Our correspondent Rev. Noel Kotian reported that police, alerted by the Muslim extremists, charged the pastor with "deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of others."
A judge sent the pastor to Nelamangala Sub-Jail, but with area Christian leaders’ intervention he was released on bail the next morning.
Pastor assaulted, church burned in Karnataka
Alleged Hindu extremists on Oct. 20 burned down a house church in Bellakatte village, near Chitradurga, Karnataka.
Our correspondent reported that Pastor Mallappa Hanumanthappa Andrew of Samadhana Prayer House and his brother were walking on a village road when six area extremists waylaid them and began slapping the pastor, falsely accusing him of forcible conversion.
They also slapped and shoved his brother when he tried to come to Andrew’s aid. Later, the extremists then burned down the house used for worship.
Baramasagara police arrested four extremists identified only as Manjunath, Parashuram, Ramanna and Devaraj, charged them with unlawful assembly and released them after two hours.
Hanuman image in Christian premises?
On 22 Oct in Darri, Korba, Chhattisgarh, some children admitted that they had seen Hanuman (Hindu idol) image in a tree standing inside the Indian Pentecostal Church premises.
Triggered by the children’s claimed, Hindu extremists crowd came to the spot and claimed that they wanted the site to build a Hindu temple and try to forcefully take it from the Christian, putting a fence around the tree reported our correspondent, Rev. Akhilesh Edgar.
Church pastor, Zachariah Menon and others are meeting the police officials and state authorities to solve the matter.
Christians assaulted in Orissa
Alleged Hard-line Hindus in Paikamara, Puri, Orissa district on Oct. 14 confined three recent converts to Christianity in a house, assaulted them and pressured them to deny their new faith
Our correspondent Ashish Parida reported that Aswini Sahu, Sanatana Jena and Amulya Swain became Christians six months ago after listening to Christian radio broadcasts. When the Hindu extremists learned of it, they threatened them and expelled them from the village after the Christians continued to worship Christ.
The Christians took shelter in different homes, and then went back to their village after receiving word by telephone things were settled.. As soon as they returned, however, the extremists caught hold of them, beat them and confined them.
With area Christian leaders’ intervention, police rescued the Christians and warned the extremists not to disturb them again.
An appeal to write to authorities
As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, appealing to him 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.
Shri B. S. Yediyurappa Chief Minister of Karnataka