5 Christian volunteers arrested on false charges & 2 Pastors attacked

October 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Andhra Pradesh, India, newsletter-lead, Persecution

Pastor Rajasheke & damaged vehicle

Pastor Rajasheke & damaged vehicle

Andhra Pradesh, October 16, 2011: The 4th & latest attack in Karimnager, was on Sunday, 16th evening on Pastor Suresh of Glorious Ministries, Godhavarikhani and Pastor Rajsheker, co-ordinator of Calvary Festival.
 
Dr.Satish Kumar of Calvary Mission, Kukatpally, Hyderabad proposed to conduct the Calvary Festival (Public Meeting) at Godhavarikani (after acquiring the requisite permissions) from October 18 – 20, 2011.
 
A team was put in charge of distributing publicity material in Godhavarikhani, Ramgundam and NTPC. A Hindu fundamentalist, Thota Kumaraswamy of Annapurna colony, Jyothinager, NTPC objected, abused & obstructed the team members, falsely accusing them of forceful conversions. The team members dragged Thota Kumaraswamy into their vehicle and took him to the NTPC police station. On learning about the incident, Pastors Suresh and Rajsheker rushed to the police station. A group of religious fundamentalists who were also approaching the police station, recognized the Pastors’ vehicle & started pelting it with stones. Both the pastors suffered grievous injuries and their vehicle was badly damaged. The police reached in time, saved the pastors and took them to the police station, while the mob escaped.
 
It is learnt that NTPC police registered two cases  – one on the Calvary festival volunteers Sunand, Ravi, Kishore, Daniel Raj & Devadas – as per the complaint lodged by Thota Kumaraswamy. FIR no.149 IPC sec 153/a, r/w 324 & 149 under non-bailable sections, which states “promoting enmity between religious groups”. They also registered another case against the religious fundamentalists who attacked the Pastors.

Calvary festival volunteers will be sent to Court for judicial remand on 18th Oct, 2011. Subsequently our people have to apply for bail in the concerned court.
 
The cases are being investigated by Prasanth Rao S.I. and G. Rajendra Prasad C.I. of NTPC Jyothinager, Godhavarikani, dist. Karimnagar, AP.
 
It is increasingly alarming to see Christians arrested and jailed on false charges. Not only are Hindu extremists carrying out an anti-Christian agenda, but the police, too, are quick to register complaints against the victims instead of the aggressors. This situation is increasingly alarming not only because the real offenders are encouraged to attack and harass the vulnerable Christian minority, but also because of the authorities’ indifference.
 
Please pray for normalcy in the region.
 
– franklin sudhaker

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