EFI: Persecution in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Odisha & UP

October 23, 2012 by  
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Pastor Arrested in Chhattisgarh

Pastor Arrested in ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh, October 22, 2012: Police arrested Rev Satish George from Bethel Full Gospel Church on 12 Oct under Sections 3 & 4 of the Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion Act after he was accused of enticement in Pendra Road, Bilaspur Chhattisgarh. Rev. George arrest is connected to an earlier incident when a man who claimed to be a naxalite gave extortion calls to him on 21 & 22 Sept demanding Rs 10 lacs or be abducted like Alex Paul Menon, the Sukma District Collector.

Rev Singh submitted a police complaint against the caller. The police traced the mobile phone which was found in the custody of Sunny Singh and arrested him. Thereafter, instigated by the Hindu extremists, Shraddha Singh w/o Sunny Singh filed a police compliant against Rev George of luring her to convert to Christianity by deceit and allurement, without the knowledge of her husband and observing legal formality. The couple also accused Rev Singh of failing to give them Rs 6 lacs he promised to them.

Rev. George said, “There is no case of forceful conversion or allurement. The whole family used to come to the church and Shraddha Singh took baptism by her own free choice with full consent from her husband and family one and a half year ago.” Allegedly local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Pooran Chhabaria and media created a hype, demanding police investigation and action against Rev. George. Rev.George was released on bail the same day of his arrest and his case is being fought by Advocate Anurag Naath.

Pastor Beaten Unconscious in Karnataka

Karnataka MapKarnataka, October 22, 2012: On 11th October in Kannur, Kolar district Hindu extremists beat a pastor unconscious after they accused him of forceful conversion. Pastor John Samuel Kim was standing on the road with friends after distributing the wedding cards of his sister in Kannur village when the extremists suddenly attack him. They accused him of forceful conversion and began to beat, kick and punch him with sticks and rods. The pastor fell unconscious after the extremists attack him for almost two hours.

The Christians who were standing with him were also beaten up but no as severely as Pastor Kim. “About 20 people repeatedly kicked, punch and beat me up and they were telling the believers not to call anyone and to just watch him die.

However, police came to his rescue and took him to a local hospital where he was admitted. The pastor sustained a broken rib and severe injuries on his head and neck. Again, the next morning, four extremists came to the hospital ward and attacked him. Pastor Kim informed the Kolar District Superintendent of Police who gave police protection to him during his treatment in the hospital for seven days. The police registered a case against the extremists. But no arrest has been made as the attackers are absconding.

Baptism Service Disrupted in Orissa

Baptism Service Disrupted in OrissaOrissa, October 22, 2012: In Kanthapada of Balasore district, a large group of Hindu extremists forced their way into a baptism service, beat Pastor Jayaram Marandi and the believers on 2nd October accusing them of forceful conversion. They filed a police complaint prior to barging into the Baptism service. As the religious service was just starting, the extremists stormed in, accused the Christians of forceful conversion and took them to the police station. The police detained Pastor Marandi and four believers in the police station for the entire night allegedly for safety measures. However, the police released the Christians without filing any charges against them the next morning after realizing that the Christians took permission from the district authorities to conduct the baptism service.

Pastor Arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Pastor Arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh, October 22, 2012: The Uttar Pradesh police arrested a pastor and 10 other Christians after Hindu extremists disrupted a prayer service, beat them up and falsely accused them of stealing on 30th September in Ambednagar, Uttar Pradesh. At about 8 pm, Hindu extremists with police personnel barged into the prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Pannalal from Philadephia Church, beat them up and took them to the Jalalpur police station. The police accused Pastor Pannalal and the believers of stealing articles from Brahmin families in the area. The Christians were arrested under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code and they were released the next day on bail after the intervention of Light Foundation. Pastor Pannalal sustained severe injuries.

– efi

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