Srinagar: Pastor Paul Augustine released on bail

April 6, 2015 by  
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JailedJammu & Kashmir, April 02, 2015: Pastor Paul Augustine, GCIC Coordinator in Jammu & Kashmir, who was arrested along with 3 other members of his congregation after the Worship Service on Sunday, 29-03-2015, have been released on bail on 01-04-2015, Wednesday evening, after detaining them in the police lock up for four days. In the midst of the Holy Week schedule, Pastor Paul has to keep running now for a permanent bail for his church members as well as for himself.

As reported earlier, Pastor Paul Augustine was conducting his Sunday morning worship service on 29-03-2015 at the regular church allotted for Christians to have their prayer services at the Recruit Training Centre of the CRPF at Humama in Srinagar.

On that day, the worship service though scheduled for 8.30 a.m. was delayed a bit due to the heavy rains in the Kashmir Valley and the service actually began at about 9 in the morning. Though he has a total congregation of about 100 believers, only about 40 were present on that Sunday morning. A friend of his, one Bro. Philip from Udampur was also present in the church along with a guest of his. Also, some Muslim friends were present in the church.

Pastor Paul was preaching on the Psalm 23, “The Lord is My Shepherd….“and then noticed some Muslim Maulvis peeping through the windows near the door. As soon as the worship service was over, some of the Muslims along with the Maulvis gathered outside the church and caught hold of the Muslims who were present in the church and began to beat them and then took them to the Humama Chowk and also began shouting and forcing them to say that “Father Paul was converting them Christianity”. In the meantime a huge crowd gathered at the Chowk.

Pastor Paul told them that they could verify the facts and settle the issue at the police station instead of having a fight in the middle of the road at the Humama Chowk. When they went to the police station on the Humama Airport Road, Srinagar, the Muslims complained against Pastor Paul that he was luring Muslims to become Christians. Based on their complaint Pastor Paul was arrested along with three other believers and detained in the police station on charges under RPC – 153/a and 295/A. It is also learnt that the Maulvis were threatening the Muslims who were present in the church to bear witness against Pastor Paul Augustine that he was forcing them to become Christians. Please pray for him.

– newsman

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