Karnataka anti-Christian attacks worsen – Church & Government needs to wake-up

December 31, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Karnataka, newsletter-lead, Persecution

Sene Activists Attack Christian karnatakaKarnataka, December 30, 2011: Srirama Sene Activists Attack Christian Prayer Meeting at Davanagere
An attack took place in SS Layout, Davangere, which the central part of Karnataka. Only last month, a Persecuted Pastors Seminar was held here. A pastor, Raju Doddamini was taken to the police station by force yesterday evening, as he had gone to his believers house for a cottage prayer. While he was having a prayer at the house of a believer, a group of people belonging to the Bajrang Dal went to the house and disturbed the gathering by shouting slogans against pastor Raju, that he had come to convert people by force and he should be punished. The police was called by this group and then the pastor was taken to the police station.

Pastor Raju Doddamani (56) has been ministering for the Divyadarsana Ministry Church during the last 5 years. He has a congregation of about 60 believers. A prayer meeting was organized at the residence of a believer named Bima Naik on Wednesday, 28-12-2011 and Pastor Doddamani was leading the prayer service.

Just before the programme was to be over at about 9.30 pm, suddenly there was an attack by the Hindu fundamentalists belonging to the Srirama Sene outfit of the saffron brigade. They began abusing them and alleging that they are fraudulently and forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. They also tried to manhandle them. In the meantime as the police were informed about the incident, the police from the Vidyanagar Police Station appeared on the scene with Sub Inspector Savar in charge. Pastor Raju Doddamani, Das, John, Bima Naik, Simon and Chandrashekar were taken to the police station and interrogated till late into the night.

Another pastor Prem Kumar has called an aicc representative, asking for legal assistance, which was given and an advocate went to the police station and released Pastor Raju. Today morning Pastor Raju was asked to go and meet the police Inspector again and further persecution is expected.

– anandkumar & gcic

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