Evangelical Fellowship of India News Persecution Watch, March 26, 2011

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1. One Christian missing in Khandamal, Orissa
2. Church Burned in Kerala
3. Two arrested for attacking pastor in Rajasthan
4. Appeal to the Authorities

March 26, 2011

Christian missing in Khandamal, Orissa

Christians in Mondasoro, Khandhamal, Odisa suspect that Hindu extremists are behind the abduction and possible murder of Angad Digal who is missing since 10 March.

Our correspondent reported that Angad Digal travelled on 10 March along with some alleged Hindu extremists. When Digal did not returned home, a team of local Christians and some human rights activists started searching for him. However, Digal remains missing till date. Local Christians fear that Digal has been killed.

On 11 January this year, the body of Saul Pradhan, a 45-year-old independent pastor whose house was burned by Hindu fundamentalists two years ago, was found dead near a pond in Pakala village in Kandhamal’s Raikia Block and bore marks of assault. Though, the police claimed that his death was due to cold, local Christians suspected murder.

Church Burned in Kerala

Miscreants on 23 March burned St Mary’s Malankar Church and completely destroyed the holy attire and other belongings in Poddivatuvialla, Kerala. The Fire Force put out the fire. Police investigation is underway.

Two arrested for attacking pastor in Rajasthan

Police in Rajasthan have arrested two suspects on March 14 in connection with the brutal attack of Pastor Harish Ninama in Pratapgarh district. The two suspects, identified only as Dhuliya and Gautam were arrested for robbing and stripping the pastor. The accused were later released after posting bail. Pastor Harish Ninama was attacked by at least 10 men in Ambarunda village in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan. (Read EFI NEWS, February 2, 2011, 65 year old Christian assaulted in Rajasthan)

An Appeal to write to Authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Kerala and Rajasthan 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 Navin Patnaik
Chief Minister of Orissa  

Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Gate, P.O. Bhubaneswar
Distt. Khurda, Pin - 751 001 (Orissa)
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0674) 2531100 ; 2535100 ; 2531500
(O) Fax: (0674) 2400100 ; 2531500
(R) Tel: (0674) 2591099 ; 2590299
(R) Fax: (0674) 2590833

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

(O) Tel: (0471) 2333812 ; 2332148
(O) Fax: (0471) 2333489
(R) Tel: (0471) 2314853 ; 2318406

Shri Ashok Gehlot

Chief Minister of Rajasthan

(O) Tel: (0141) 2227656
(O) Fax: (0141) 2227687
(R) Tel: (0141) 2228712 ; 5125333
(R) Fax: (0141) 2228705

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

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