Karnataka: Pastor accused & vehicle damaged. Chhattisgarh: Christian Arrested – EFI

May 16, 2014 by  
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Pastor Accused of Forceful Conversion, Vehicle Damaged in Karnataka

karnatakaOn 4 May in Bagath Sing Nagar, Davangere, Hindu extremists damaged the vehicle of a pastor after they filed a police complaint against him of forceful conversion.

Instigated by the Hindu extremists, Ganga Naik filed a police compliant against his brother Pastor Chandra Naik from Living Hope Gypsy Church of forceful conversion.

The complaint letter was signed up by 25 people to take legal action against Pastor Chandra Naik .Thereafter, the First Information Report was filed against Pastor Naik at K T J Nagar police station. The case is pending before the court.

In the meantime, extremist pelted stones at Pastor Chandra Naik’s Omni Van and damaged it. Pastor Chandra Naik said, “There was no case of forceful conversion, people come to the church to pray by their own decisions.”

The Christians submitted a counter complaint against the extremists at K T J Nagar police station with the help of ADF-India. The police promised the Christians that he would give police protection for the following Sunday worship meeting.

Christian Arrested in Chhattisgarh

Christian arrestedPolice arrested a Christian on 22 March in Pinakapar, Balod after the Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal falsely accused him and one believer of breaking idols in the local Hindu temple.

The Hindu extremists summoned a follower of Christ, Guman Devdas and one believer to a village council meeting and pressurized them to renounce Christ and further accused them of breaking the Hindu idols.

However, the Christians refused to deny Christ and they also refuted the allegations of breaking the idols. Thereafter, the extremists went to the police station and demanded the arrest of the Christians. A case was registered against them under Section 295 and 456 of the Indian Penal Code for Injuring or defiling a place of worship and trespass or house breaking respectively.

Devdas was sent to the district jail. However, the other believer has absconded. The area Church leaders are taking steps to get bail for the Christian.

– efi

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