Karnataka: 200 of Rama Sene intimidate Belgaum worshipers

October 24, 2013 by  
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Rama Sene Activists Threaten and Intimidate Sunday WorshippersKarnataka, October 23, 2013: The New Life Fellowship Church in Belgaum is in existence for the last 25 years and the church has a membership of about 200 believers. Pastor K.J. Cherian (60), is in charge of the church which has been regularly holding its Sunday worship services at the Methodist Church Campus near the City Civil Court in Belgaum. As they found it a bit difficult to accommodate all the believers who came for the worship services on Sundays, they decided to hold the Sunday Services in a bigger place.

The corporation hall at Tilakawadi in Belgaum, they felt, was ideally suitable for their purpose and accordingly, they approached the concerned officials of the corporation who agreed to hire it out for a specific period of time on Sundays for the next 52 Sundays. The pastor also paid an advance of Rs. 75,000 for the use of the hall on Sundays during the next 52 weeks. Though the Commissioner of Belgaum Corporation prepared the necessary order, since the corporation office was closed for a number of days due to Dasara Holidays the concerned agreement document was not yet signed and handed over to the pastor. In the mean time the Corporation Commissioner also got transferred. However, the Corporation officials told the pastor to go ahead with his Sunday worship services.

Accordingly the pastor held his Sunday worship service in the Tilakawadi Corporation Hall on Sunday, 20-10-13 Sunday morning. But just as the service was on, the local Corporator, Mr. Deepak Jamkhandi, along with Rama Sene activists and Tilakawadi Police Inspector came and asked the pastor to produce the relevant Order issued by the Corporation permitting them to conduct their worship service in the Hall. The Pastor showed them the receipt given by the Corporation for the amount received by the Corporation from them and then the Inspector called the Corporation Officials to verify it, who confirmed the receipt of the amount and also of the oral approval given by the corporation permitting them to use the hall for their prayer services. But the Corporator who was not satisfied with the explanations given by the pastor as well as the corporation officials, began to intimidate the pastor and the Corporation Officials.

In the mean time about 200 Rama Sene activists also appeared on the scene and joined the Corporator in further intimidating the pastor and the believers. The police Inspector somehow managed to control the situation and disburse the crowd. The incident was also covered live in the local TV channel in Belgaum. The Pastor and the believers then approached the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the district and submitted a memorandum requesting him to intervene in the matter and do justice for them. Please pray for them.

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