Pastor Venketesh flees on threats of radical Hindus in Karnataka, India. Manjula, wife of Pastor also threatened to live village. GCIC lodges strong protest
07 Aug 2006
Mr. Sajan K George, the President of Global council of Indian Christians (GCIC) expresses shock in the threat and terror unleashed on 26 years old Manjula and 15 days old child in Soulanga, Honnani Taluk in Davangere Dt Karnataka. Today's mean drama enacted at Soulanga by the radicals has sullied the image of neutrality the police. We urge the State and central government agencies to curb the activities of Hindutva outfits in India. We urge the government to protect the lives of Venketesh, his wife and children on humanitarian grounds as guaranteed in the constitution.
Manjula 26 year old mother with 15 days old baby was threatened by 300 strong Hindu radicals in Soulanga village in Honnani Taluk, in Davangere district of south Indian state of Karnataka. Manjula is living alone for the last 15 days with her 15 days old baby. Her husband had to flee from the village for fear of the radicals and the police. The attackers in the presence of police have damaged the house of Manjula and threatened her that she and the children will be burnt alive if they fail to leave the village within four days
Venketesh is 36 old a pastor in the Lambani congregation in Honnani and 10 days back the Sangh Parivar zealots severely attacked him and when he tried to complain to the police inspector Balachandra Naik, he threatened that he himself will shoot him down. Pastor Venketesh left the village for fear of his life leaving his wife alone with 15 days old baby. Pastor Venketesh had complained to the SP of Police regarding the threat from the inspector and the radicals.
Today (6^th August) around 11 am about three hundred strong hirelings reached in lorries and cars unleashed terror on the lonely lady and the 15 days old child, obviously in retaliation to the complaint lodged to the higher police officer regarding persecution and threats few days ago by pastor Venketesh
We also appeal to the concerned citizens to contact the inspector via 94484 39799 and Balachandra Naik by 9448091720 and the DGP for immediate action