Christians attacked by Hindu extremists in Faizabad

October 19, 2016 by  
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Uttar Pradesh, October 8, 2016: Hindu extremists trespassed into a private residence and attacked the Christians present. Pastor Richard Benjamin of Emmanuel Church had just finished conducting a prayer service in the house of Rajendra Kumar when the incident took place. About 50 people were in attendance during the prayer service.

“We were about 25 people having lunch after the prayer was over. The others had left after having their lunch,” said Pastor Richard Benjamin while speaking to EFI. Suddenly a group of 8 – 10 Hindu extremists carrying wooden sticks barged in and started to abuse the Christians using the filthiest of language. The extremists started beating the Christians present and especially targeted the Pastor and his wife, but the people present formed a human circle around them to protect them. This resulted in a lot of Christians getting hurt.

The assaulters had themselves informed the police prior to attacking the meeting, so the police reached Kumar’s house, “not to rescue us but to arrest us,” said Benjamin. Six Christians including Benjamin and his wife were taken by the police to the Inayatnagar Police station on charges of conversion. There the police withheld them till about midnight, interrogating them before letting them go.

Benjamin later filed a counter complaint against the attackers on 10th October, after which the police arrested 4 or 5 of them. The Hindu families of the attackers recently approached Kumar and have asked the Christians for forgiveness assuring them that “none of their family members would now disturb the Christians in their worship,” said Benjamin. They have given the same in writing before the police said Benjamin.

– efi

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