Pastors Attacked and Jailed in Karnataka for Holding a Prayer Meeting

February 7, 2013 by  
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a Prayer Meeting in KarnatakaKarnataka, Febuary 05, 2013: Pastor Mallikarjun Shingoli, 40, is in charge of the Indian Pentacostal Church in Mundargi in Gadag District of Karnataka. It is a rented house church, and he has a congregation of about 60 believers. He has been in charge of the church during the last five years and he lives with his wife, Manjula, 35, and 3 children, one boy and two girls, 5, 6 and 10 years old.

Pastor Nagesh Naik, 38, is in charge of Gypsy Church, also a rented house church in Mundargi, and he has a congregation of about 40 believers. He lives with his wife, Savitha Bai, 33, and two little children, a boy and a girl, Arun and Kripa. On Sunday, 3rd February, Pastor Nagesh organized a small prayer meeting at his house church at about 7 in the evening which was also attended by Pastor Mallikarjun and some believers from his church. On learning about the Christian prayer meeting, about 20 Hindu radicals belonging to different Hindu fanatic outfits like the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad attacked them alleging that they are involved in forcible conversion of Hindus to Christianity. They beat them up ruthlessly and also tore up their clothes and hurled all sorts of abuse at them. Then they called up the police from the Mundargi police station and lodged a false complaint against them of forcible conversions.

The police took both the pastors first to the Mundargi Government Hospital where they received the necessary treatment for the wounds caused by the Hindu fanatics, and then they took them to the police station and kept them there till early hours in the morning next day and allowed them to go home with a condition that they should report back to them at about 10 a.m. Accordingly, the pastors went to their houses and reported back at the police station as ordered by the police. They were charge-sheeted and produced before the local magistrate who sent them to Gadag jail. Both the pastors are in jail now, evidently for no fault of theirs.

In the mean time, when the GCIC came to know about the incident got in touch with the local Dy S.P. and briefed him about the facts and also lodged a complaint against the culprits. In response to the GCIC complaint, 4 of the culprits were arrested but were let out on bail subsequently.


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