EFI News: Chhattisgarh, Bihar & MP

July 1, 2014 by  
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chhattisgarhChhattisgarh: On 16 June, a mob of Hindu extremists brutally beat up Christians and 10 believers including two women who were later rushed to the hospital in Sirisguda, Bastar town, Jagdalpur. About 100 Christians who were denied rations for two months for their faith in Christ were beaten up by a mob instigated by the Hindu extremists’ group. At about 1 pm, Christians from 52 families came together before the district Food Inspector office, when the Hindu extremists rushed in and started to beat the Christians indiscriminately. “The mob beat up the Christians with sticks, kicked and punched them and hurled stones at those who were trying to escape from the scene.” area Church leader Rev. Bhupendra Khora said.

Two women identified only as Arti (40) and Kari (45) were pulled to the ground while the perpetrators stood on them and hit their genital organs. Aitu Mandavi sustained serious injuries on his head, stomach, chest and hand and was admitted in the district hospital and the rest of the nine received injuries on their heads, hands and legs and they were admitted in a local hospital.

Thereafter, the next day, the village leaders announced that everyone in the village should embrace Hinduism or their lands will be seized. They further prohibited any outsiders from entering into the village. “The Christians are living in fear”, Rev Khora said. The Christians in the village have been denied rations for the past two months and it has been very difficult for them to live without the rations being allowed to be distributed to them. Kindly pray for the suffering Christians and God provision for their daily bread.


BiharBihar: Hindu extremists locked up a church on June 5 after they beat up a Christian family in Balwanazir, Kaliyanganj, Bihar. The extremists repeatedly beat up Sadanandan Singh and his family for their faith in Christ on May and June and finally locked up the church of the Indian Evangelical Team. Singh and his family were dragged on the road and the entire family including two minor girls were beaten up mercilessly. “The extremists have locked up the church and told Singh that he is not allowed to pray in the future in the village.” area pastor Laxmi Prasad said. Singh and his family were socially boycotted ever since they decided to follow Christ in 2010. A police complaint was submitted. However no action was taken.


persecution in madya pradeshMP: Police manhandled Pastor Bhikanlal Dhurvey, filed a case against him and summoned him to appear before the court on 30 June in Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal. The local Hindu extremists have opposed the ministry of Pastor Bhikanlal Dhurvey and threatened to harm him several times in the past for conducting prayer meetings. However, the pastor continued to conduct worship services and later started to build a prayer hall on his land. Subsequently, the extremists filed a police complaint against the pastor for illegal construction. On 19 April, the police questioned Pastor Dhurvey at his home, slapped him and told him to stop the construction work and charged him. “We have stopped the construction and we are having our prayer meetings in the homes of believers.” Pastor Dhurvey said. Kindly pray for justice, for peace and strength for the pastor and his family.

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