Pastors Beaten up in Madhya Pradesh

February 14, 2013 by  
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Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, February 12, 2013: This incident took place in a town called Nanpur, which is the district headquarters that comes under Alirajpur in Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. Nanpur is 145 Kilometers away from Indore. On Saturday 9.2.2013 Pastor Jorder, 35, and Pastor Ilam Singh, 22, were conducting a prayer meeting in their church known as Philadelphia Church. There were about 200 believers attending the meeting.

At 9:30 a.m. around 12 young men, including the Secretary of the Village Panchayath and the Sarpanch (head of the village) and others from different political groups came on motor cycles and barged into the building. They, then, caught hold of Pastor Jorder and started beating him mercilessly. They also attacked Pastor Ilam and other believers who came to help Pastor Jorder. The pastors were beaten up so badly that they sustained serious injuries. Pastor Jorder’s face, below the right eye was injured and Pastor Ilam’s ears were damaged and he lost the power of his hearing. After half an hour of attack, the culprits left the location.

The believers took both the pastors to the Civil Hospital near Dahod Naka and were admitted as in-patients for a day. They still have severe pain all over their bodies. Pastors filed a complaint at the Alirajpur Police Station but the police refused to file an FIR against the culprits citing the reason that the church building is not registered in the name of the Church. On Sunday the Police came and kept vigil. The church is 500 meters away from the Nanpur bus stand. Please pray for the believers.