EFI: Chhattisgarh Christian arrested & Pastor accused. Rajasthan Pastor & others threatened

November 27, 2013 by  
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Christian Arrested in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh ChristiansPolice on 23 Oct arrested a Christian after a Hindu extremist falsely accused him of harassing him and his family in Taragaon, Lohandiguda, Bastar.

Sannuram Mandavi from Divya Jyoti Church was arrested after one armed Hindu extremist, Maniram Mandavi attacked a Christian family.

At about 10 p.m. on 15 Oct, the extremist with a knife and a trident in his hands kicked at the door of Dhaniram and tried to forcefully enter into his home. Further, he verbally abused him, his family and threatened to sacrifice them to the local tribal deities.

However, Dhaniram and some Christian families who live close by came out and snatched the weapons from Maniram Mandavi.

Thereafter, the extremist went home but later come back and beat up Dhaniram and lodged a false complaint against another Christian Sannuram Mandavi for beating him up and his mother.

Subsequently, Sannuram Mandavi was arrested under Sections 294, 323 & 506 of the Indian Penal Code for Obscene acts and songs, punishment for voluntarily causing hurt and for punishment for criminal intimidation respectively.

After the intervention of the area Christian leaders, Mandavi was released on bail.

Pastor, Church Members Threatened in Rajasthan

Rajasthan ChristiansOn 6 Oct, Hindu extremists threatened to kill and burn up Christians if they continue to follow Christ in Sajavanjya, Banswara. At about 10 am, the Hindu extremists stopped two Christian couples, Babula Maida and Veja Ninama along with their wives as they were on their way to attend the Sunday church service. The extremists threatened to kill and burn them up, if they continued to go to a church to worship Christ.

Later that day, the same extremists stopped the church pastor Prem Pal Maida as he was returning home after conducting Sunday worship meeting and threatened to burn up his house if he conducted worship meetings again in the area.

The Christians lodged a police complaint. However no action has been taken against the extremists at press time.

Pastor falsely accused of injuring child in Chhattisgarh

Police registered a case against Pastor Nirmal Ekka after he was falsely accused of injuring a child on 16 Sept in Batwani, Lundra, Surguja.

Pastor Nirmal Ekka was charged under Sections 294 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code after two people, apparently motivated by the Hindu extremists, filed a complaint against him of physically hurting a school boy.

Dilbodh Nagesh, studying in standard III in the village government primary school fractured his hands while he was playing in the school at about 11 am

Thereafter, the boy’s father Seturam and the teacher of the school, Sangeeta Singh filed a police complaint against Pastor Nirmal Ekka at Lundra police station alleging that the Christian deliberately chased the boy, caught hold of him and then pushed him to the ground. They also accused Pastor Ekka of threatening to harm them while they were approaching the police.

Subsequently, the police filed a case against Pastor Nirmal Ekka under Sections 294 & 323 of the Indian Penal Code for Obscene acts and songs and punishment for voluntarily causing hurt respectively.

“Pastor Nirmal Ekka was implicated in a false case as he was not anywhere near the school on that day. He left his home at about 9 a.m for the city to attend some important business matter and returned back home only at about 6 pm” Rev Mukti Lakra said.

The village govt primary school was constructed in a land donated by Pastor Ekka and his family.

– efi

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