Evangelical Fellowship of India News: Persecution Watch June 5, 2010

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June 5th, 2010

Pastor Warned To Leave His Area in Karnataka

Alleged Hindu extremists on May 27 falsely accused a pastor of forcible conversion in Rajanpura village, Hassan district, after disrupting a worship service.

Our correspondent Rev. Noel Kotian reported that the extremists led by Manjunath Shastri barged into the rented home of Pastor Siddanagowda Barmanagowda as he led a house church service affiliated with the Karnataka Evangelical Association and warned the pastor to leave the area.

The extremists forced the pastor to the Hiriseve police station, where they filed a complaint about the alleged forcible conversions and warned him against conducting worship services in the village, according to the reports. The police told Pastor Barmanagowda to vacate his home and leave the area.

Bible Vocational School Attack in Chhattisgarh

Allegedly Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal attacked Children Development Programme (CDP) and beat a pastor and two teachers on May 27 in Jagbalput, Chhattisgarh.

Our correspondent Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that the extremists attacked the 10 days ( 20-29 May) Christian Bible School, accusing the Christians of forceful conversion and of using a Government school for the Christian programme without taking permission and of distributing books containing conversion activities ( stories from the Bible) and beat up pastor Rahul Pant and two teachers from Mission India.

The extremists took the Christians to the police station where they were questioned. A compromise was reached after area Christian leaders’ intervention.

The Christians maintained that they took permission to conduct the VBS from the village head upon which the extremists claimed that they need to get the permission of the collector.

The CDP was stopped as the Christians were forced to compromise saying that they will not conduct such program in a government school without taking the collector's permission. The Christians were released without charges.

Kindly pray for peace and religious tolerance in Chhattisgarh.

Hindu idol installed in a church in Andhra Pradesh

Allegedly Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh damaged a church building and installed an idol of the Hindu god Hanuman inside it on May 23 in Tadipatri, Anatapur, Andhra Pradesh.

Our correspondent reported that at about 9 a.m. the extremists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) attacked India Pentecostal Church’s Holy Spirit Prayer House, which was under construction.

Pastor Venugopal Reddy approached Tadipatri police, but officers refused to help him. After local Christian leaders’ intervention, police questioned the attackers.

Area Christian leaders maintained that Pastor Reddy had acquired government permission to build the church building.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Andhra 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.

Shri B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

(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

Shri K. Rosaiah
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister's Bungalow, Greenland's Circle,
Begumpet, Hyderabad-500016
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (040) 23456698 ; 23455205 ; 23452933
(O) Fax: (040) 23452498

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

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