EFI News Persecution Watch, Nov 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

Pastor Arrested in Karnataka

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

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (33) 22145555; 22145588
(O) Fax: (33) 22145480

Shri Navin Patnaik
Chief Minister of Orissa
Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, P.O. Bhubaneswar
Distt. Khurda, Pin - 751 001 (Orissa)
[email protected]

(O) Tel: (0674) 2531100 ; 2535100 ; 2531500
(O) Fax: (0674) 2400100
(R) Tel: (0674) 2590299

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

Issued By:
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