The Evangelical Fellowship of India News Persecution Watch, May 28, 2011

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May 28, 2011

Christian Attacked in Chhattisgarh

On 20 May in Janjgir-Champa district of Chhattisgarh, alleged Hindu extremists attacked a Christian for not paying heed to their advice to stop following Christ.

Our Correspondent, Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that the extremists accused a Christian convert, who goes by one name only, Tarzan, of 'misbehavior' as he follows Christ and sings gospel songs.

The extremists threatened the Christian earlier on 20 February to stop worshiping Christ or face harm.

On Friday, the extremists led by Jharu Ram Manhar attacked him as Tarzan continues to believe in Christ. They beat him up, damaged his house and also stopped him from using the village pond.

The next day (21 May) the extremists filed a police complaint against the Christian of 'misbehavior'. The Christian also filed a police complaint against the extremists but no action has been taken by the police at press time.

Construction Work of Pastor Stopped in Uttar Pradesh

On May 19 in Khopura, Sahidabad, Uttar Pradesh, Hindu extremists threatened Pastor Sanju Mahananda from the Believers Church to stop constructing the pastor's quarter or face harm.

According to information reaching EFI, Pastor Mahananda was constructing a pastor's residence cum prayer hall when the extremists came and threatened to demolish the construction. They warned the pastor and the contractors to stop the work immediately or face dire consequences.

Pastor Mahananda stopped the construction work. Later EFI assisted him in filing a police complaint against the assailants.

An Appeal to write to Authorities

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

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

Kumari Mayawati
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

(O) Tel: (522) 2239296
(O) Fax: (522) 2239234
(R) Tel: (522) 221122
(R) Fax: (522) 220550

Issued By:
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