Pastor & believers attacked & hospitalised in Udupi

March 12, 2013 by  
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Pastor and believers attacked and HospitalisedKarnataka, March 09, 2013: Pastor Robert Lobo was conducting an all-night prayer in Moodubelle village near Udupi on Friday, 8-3-2013. The name of the ministry which he is serving is The Word of Victory Ministry. There were about 25 believers attending the prayer meeting. Around 10.30 in the night when the prayer meeting was in progress, a group of about 30 Hindu fundamentalists belonging to the RSS and the Bajaranga Dal, barged into the premises and started beating up the believers mercilessly accusing them of forcible conversion of Hindus to Christianity.

Six believers and a pastor were injured in the attack. Pastor Ramesh Poojari was seriously injured and is undergoing treatment in the Manipal Hospital near Udipi for head injury. Others who were attacked and are physically harmed are – Mr. Ramesh, Mr. Prem, Mr. Suraj, Ms Sujatha, Ms Shasikala, Mr Shantharam, and Mr. Janardhan. All of them have been admitted in the Ajarakadu Government hospital in Udupi.

Sajan K George was alerted about the incident in the dead of night around 2.00 A.M. intervened in the matter and spoke to the senior police officials in Udupi and explained to them about the serious attack against innocent Christians in Moodubelle. The police who assured him of the proper action and apprehend and arrest the culprits involved in the attack took immediate steps.

It is learnt that the Udupi District SP Dr Boralingaiah and the senior police officials from Udupi along with a posse of police officials and constables from the Shirva police station reached the spot early hours of Saturday and arrested 10 culprits involved in the attack. Names of some of the arrested are Sanjeev Poojary, Ranjith Poojary, Sukesh, Dilip, Jayaprakash, Prakash, Raghavendra Acharya, Ramesh Shetty, Satish, Vishwanath Acharya and Suresh. FIR was filed against all the attackers and after charge-sheeting them under several sections of IPC including 295-A, they were produced before the local Magistrate who sent them to Jail at Udupi. We also learn that later in the day on Saturday the Western Zone IG, Mr. Pratap Reddy also paid a visit to the place of attack.

Speaking to media persons, IGP (western range) Pratap Reddy said that immediate action will be taken in the matter. “We are taking this incident seriously. Already around 10 persons have been arrested and the rest will be caught soon. Such kinds of incidents will not be tolerated,” he said.

SP Dr Boralingaiah also assured quick action in the case and said that FIR has already been registered against the arrested people. A clear picture will emerge only after further investigations, he added.

“This prayer house has been in existence from 12 years. Bajrang Dal has given us warnings before but never attacked. Eight years ago they had attempted to attack but timely action by the police had foiled their plan,” said Roshan, claiming that the group assaulted them this time for around 45 minutes.

– & pic by daijiworld

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