EFI Persecution Watch, April 19, 2010

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Pastor Killed in Madhya Pradesh

April 19, 2010

EFI mourns the death of a young pastor and appeals to the state authorities to take appropriate action against the attackers which led to the tragic dead of the Christian.

Masking their faces, armed Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal attacked the Christian four days crusade on April 17 in Betul, Madhya Pradesh.

Our correspondent Akhilesh Edgar reported that about 10 Hindu extremists forced their way into the crusade amid the prayer meeting at 8:30 p.m., broke glasses of vehicles, electrical lights, furniture and mercilessly beat the Christians with their lathis (Sticks).

The crusade was organised by Evangelical Lutheran Church from 15-17 April which was attended by about 400 Christians from the neighbouring areas.

The attackers disrupted the meeting and people in fright started running off in different directions to escape the attack including Pastor Amit Gilbert, reported a participant Pastor Abhisek John.

After realizing that Pastor Amit Gilbert was lost, a search team was formed and they found his dead body in the well. A large section of area Christians believes that Gilbert was forcefully threw into the well.

Amit Gilbert recently completed his Master of Divinity (M. Div) from Central India Theological Seminary, Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh. His funeral took place in his home town Raipur .

EFI strongly condemns the attacked which grossly violates the constitution rights guarantees under Article 25 of the Freedom of Faith.

Pray for India which witnesses many menacing anti- Christian violence in Madhya Pradesh and other states as well.

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
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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