Hindu radicals attack believers in Karnataka

By: Jacob Chaterjee
Monday, 12 February 2007, 11:45 (IST)
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Four believers, including a pastor were attacked and beaten up by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal activists in Chickmangalore, Karnataka, February 4.

Pastor Surendra, brothers Ananda, Raghva and Harish were invited to a birthday prayer meeting in Uppalli Village (Shanti Nagar), Chickmangalore, Karnataka. While returning from the meeting that night, the believers were confronted by the Hindu extremists who asked them what they were doing. When the radicals heard that they were Christians, the mob pounced on them and began beating them up ruthlessly with sticks.

The mob also dragged the believers to the Chickmangalore rural police station and accused the believers of forcibly converting innocent Hindus. The Sub–Inspector who registered the complaint refused to listen to the believers and promptly charged them with a case of "forceful conversion" and detained them for the night after obtaining order from the Magistrate.

The following day, local Christian leaders, who came to know about the incident, became furious and contacted the Superintendent of Police and the Deputy Superintendent of Police persuading them to direct the police station to register a complaint against the attackers.

On February 6, a group of local Christian leaders, viz. Pastor V.P Ranga, Pastor P.A Johnson, Pastor Krishnappa, Pastor Santosh George and Pastor Sunder Babu, were asked by the police constable Mohan to show him the spot where the believers were attacked. The pastors happily agreed, anticipating the release of the believers but, on reaching the site, were shocked to see a large group of Hindu radicals armed with sticks, swords, clubs and other arms waiting for them.

Before the Christians could act, the radicals shouting anti–Christian slogans attacked the pastors in the presence of the police who watched on helplessly.

While Pastor Santosh George and Pastor Sunder Babu managed to escape from the attackers and hid in the house of other believers, Pastor V.P Ranga, Pastor P.A Johnson and Pastor Krishnappa were dragged to the police station and accused to forcibly converting the Hindus.

The police are now conducting investigations into the incident and have posted police teams in the village to prevent further attacks against Christians.

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Added: Monday, 1 September 2008, 17:47 (IST)

Jesus told us to love our enemies, pray for our enemies and to do good to those who persecute us. Now is the time to practice this. Jesus also said, "do not be surprised..." Part of being a true follower of Jesus Christ is the possibility of persecution. Also your reward will be great in heaven because you suffered for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ.

david, India

Added: Sunday, 26 October 2008, 16:05 (IST)

Yes, those people who are doing those tihngs in need of the Saviour. My prayers is that they will come to know this God sooner before He comes back. Be encouraged, it was not easy for Him to encounter persecution form His own relatives before He crucified on the cross. We Give him Glory!!!

Rosemary, Fiji

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