Pastors detained in Andhra Pradesh, India

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A group of Hindu extremists having affiliation with the RSS attacked Pastor John Peter along with 40 other pastors of Baptist Church in Bhadrachalam in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh on June 12, 2008.

This incident took place, when Isaac Sagar, a local pastor had organized a ‘United Pastors Fellowship Meeting’ near Bhadrachalam Temple in the evening of June 12.

The fundamentalists identified as T.C. Keshava, Suresh Goud, Durga Prasad, Naga Babu first alerted the police and then along with a police official barged into the hall and disrupted the meeting. Some of the pastors received minor injuries in the attack.

Police detained all the pastors who were taken to the Bhadrachalam Police Station . They were released after interrogation. Sub Inspector Satish Kumar informed that the pastors had not taken any prior permission for the meeting and were arrested Under Section 3 of Andhra Pradesh Propagation of Other Religions in the Places of Worship or Prayer (Prohibition) Act, 2007.

Evangelical Fellowship of India is deeply concerned about the growing number of cases against churches and mission workers. Prayers are requested for this urgent concern.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary,
Evangelical Fellowship of 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.