EFI Persecution Watch, April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

Four Christians arrested in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh police arrested four Christians after Hindu extremists filed a compliant against them of forcible conversion on April 15 in Bhilai.

Our correspondent, Akhilesh Edgar reported that Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal and Dharam Sena (Religious Army) in an apparently pre-planned attack, beat up four Christians from Bhilai Brethen Church who were distributing gospel tracts in street No. 15 A of Sector -2

The extremists reached the area with a large crowd of people along with reporters, started verbally abusing the Christians and beat them up with their lathis (wooden sticks).

Based on the false complaint of the Hindu extremists against the Christians of luring people into Christianity by offering them monetary incentives, police arrested four Christians under Sections 2 & 3 of Freedom of Religion Act.

The Christians were sent to Durg jail on the same day.

Police detain Christians in Kerala

Kerala police detained Christians including three children and a woman on false accusations of denigrating Hindu gods on March 29 in Madakara, Wayanand, Kerala.

According to our correspondent Dr. Samuel Varghese, the extremists stopped Pastor Easow Varghese, his wife and three sons, Evg. Biju P. George as they were returning home after a film show.

About eight extremists blocked the Christians with two bikes, more extremists suddenly appeared with sticks and started beating pastor Varghese and Evg George. The Christians sustained minor injuries.

Local people arrived on the scene and defending the Christians, testified that the extremists’ allegations against the Christians of denigrating Hindu gods were baseless and motivated.

However, the Ambalavayal police under Hindu extremists’ pressure took the Christians LCD projector and Van and detained the Christians including the nine, five year old and four month old son and wife of Pastor Varghese.

The Christians were released without charges after area Christian leaders’ intervention. The police, however, refused to register the Christians’ complaint.

Two Christians arrested in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh police arrested two Christians after Hindu extremists lodged a complaint against them of making derogatory remarks against the Hindu gods on April 15 in Mohan area, Unnao.

Our correspondent, Advocate Tehmina Arora, General Secretary of CLA, reported that the police arrested two Christians Budhi Ram and Vijay Phule from Church of God while they were conducting a prayer meeting.

The two Christians were taken to Hassan Ganch police station and were later arrested under CrPC 151 for cognizable offences and were released on bail on 16 April afternoon.

The Christians claimed that the accusation was false and that no derogatory remarks were made against the Hindu gods.

Please pray for all the suffering Christians. Pray for peace and religious tolerance in India.

Ruckus at Christian meet: 22 Bajrang men held, BJP men booked
Source: PTI,
Date: Apr 16, 2010

BALAGHAT: Nearly 22 Bajrang Dal workers were arrested when they were prevented by police from entering into a meeting of Christian Community (Changai Sabha) following which they created ruckus.

The incident occurred last night when police prevented Bajrang Dal workers from entering a meeting of the Chirstian community (Changai Sabha) at local Mulna Stadium following which they created ruckus, police said today.

Police used mild force to prevent them from entering into the stadium and later arrested 22 Bajrang Dal workers from the spot for disrupting peace, police said.

Later, police also cane-charged BJP workers along with few saffron outfit men who entered the nearby BJP office during the ruckus following which they also have a clash with police and pelted stones at the force.

Meanwhile, taking the incident seriously, BJP workers, led by party MP, K D Deshmukh and MLA, Ramesh Bhatere, staged a sit-in at the police station in protest against the police action.

The party workers also indulged in violence at many places in the city including at the railway station following which police registered a case against 23 identified and 50 unidentified persons.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Kerela, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya 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..

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

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

Shri V S Achutanandan
Chief Minister of Kerala
Cliff House, Nanthancode,
[email protected]

(O) Tel: (0471) 2333812 ; 2332184
(O) Fax: (0471) 2333489
(R) Tel: (0471) 2314853 ; 2318406

Kumari Mayawati
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

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

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
[email protected]

(O) Tel: (0755) 2551581 ; 2551433
(O) Fax: (0755) 2551781 ; 2540501

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