EFI: Odisha Meeting Targeted & Christians Beaten, Ostracized…

June 26, 2013 by  
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Christian Meeting Stopped

Orissa ChristiansOdisha, June 24, 2013: In Canalpada of Duagarh District, Hindu extremists on 12 June barged into a special meeting conducted by Independent Pentecostal Church, accused the organizers of “forceful conversion” and ordered them to stop the meeting. About 30 Hindu Hindu extremists barged into the last session of the meeting at about 9 p.m, accused the Christian leaders of forceful conversion and demand the closure of the meeting.

The Christian leaders thereafter closed the meeting to avoid trouble and about seven Christians hopped into an auto rickshaw to go back home in Duagarh, about 15 kms from the meeting place. The extremists however followed the Christians in their motor cycles and obstructed the speeding auto rickshaw which subsequently resulted in the overturning of the auto rickshaw.

The auto rickshaw was completely damaged and the Christians including Rev Sura Mahat Samal from Love and Serve India, local pastor Chandra Mani Tandi, his wife, mother-in-law and four others received minor injuries. The police arrived at the spot and took the Christians to a local hospital for first aid treatment.

Christians Beaten, Ostracized

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have launched a series of attack against the Christian in Dangarguda, Malkangiri district. In the latest attack on 10 June, about 70 Hindu villagers attack the Christians and the Koya Christian leaders with swords, rods and woods. Four Christians were badly injured and were hospitalised. Two houses, two bicycles, one motor bike of the Christians were also damaged.

Since April, the Christians in the village were boycotted from fetching water from the public well because of their faith in Christ. Subsequently, the Christian started drinking from the river. However, because of the heavy rain, they were not able to drink from the river as it became muddy. On 8 May, a Christian woman, Mongli Madhi went to get water from the public well. However, three Hindu extremists stopped her and beat her up severely and broke her water buckets and pots.

The next morning, the three Hindu extremists from the previous day came and beat her up again in her home in the absence of her husband. Mongli sustained injuries. At the time of writing this news, the Christians have relocated to another area for safety measures.

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