EFI: MP Christians Targeted & Seminar Disrupted

March 14, 2013 by  
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Christians Arrested & Beaten in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, March 12, 2013: Two Christians were finally granted bail on 6 March after having spent more than 15 days in Khandwa jail, Madhya Pradesh. The Friends Missionary Prayer Band reported that Pastor Isaac Rajamani and Evangelist Raju Shikaria were praying for sick people in Gulai village at their request on 16 February, when the angry extremists suddenly barged in at night. They then took the two Christians to another place, verbally abused them and beat them up almost the entire night.

The next morning at about 6:30, they took them to Khandwa police station where they were beaten up again by another mob of Hindutva extremists as they got down from the vehicle. The extremists pounced on them, verbally abused them and beat them up. The two Christians sustained injuries and Evangelist Raju complained of chest pain.

The same day, the Christians were sent to Khandwa jail. The appeal for their bail has been rejected three times before they were finally granted bail on 6 March. In a similar incident in the same district, three pastors from the Maranatha Ministries were arrested on the same day after the Hindutva extremists disrupted the prayer meeting. They were also sent to Khandwa jail and released on bail on 3 March.

Seminar Disrupted in Madhya Pradesh

On 20 February in Doomartola, Ghopatpur, Dindori district, Hindutva extremists barged into a Seminar conducted by Anugrah Seva Mandir church and accused the Christians of forceful conversion. The extremists barged into the last day of the seminar conducted in the house of one believer, Sundarlal Dhurve.

The extremists from the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and the Bajrang Dal forcefully entered the house and accused Pastor(s) Dinesh Ramkete and Mannulal Rajdiwar of forceful conversion. The Christian leaders alerted the police and at about 2:40 pm, the police took the pastors to the station and released them without any charges by 6:30 p.m.

A similar incident took place on the next day in Dongritola, Khirsary, Dindori district when the Hindutva extremists barged into the meeting of local Christians conducted in the house of one believer, Arjun Yada. The meeting was attended by about 200 people including pastors, church leaders and local believers. The extremists accused the Christians of forceful conversions.

However, local Christian leaders including women told the extremists about the positive transformation in their lives and that there was no forceful conversion. The speechless extremists thereafter left the scene.

Meeting Attacked in Madhya Pradesh

On 15 February in Dola, Annuppur, Madhya Pradesh, Hindutva extremists barged into the one day special meeting of the Christians, accused them of forceful conversion and beat them up. Some of the participants fled in different directions to save their lives. The pastors and some believers received injuries from the beating.

The police from Ramnagar reached the spot. However, the extremists fled as they saw the police. The Christians thereafter were escorted home by the police. The Christians filed a police complaint but no arrests have been made so far.

– efi

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