India: Two House Churches attacked in Himachal, Police refused to take complaint

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New Delhi: April 17, 2007 (AICC Report by Madhu Chandra) Hindu fanatics attacked two churches at Shirad Valley and Krotal Village in Manali district of Himachal Pradesh on April 9, 2007 while both the churches were celebrating the Easter Sunday servi

Sources told the All India Christian Council that, while worship led by Pastor Yona Babu at Shirad Valley was going on, a group of 60 people belonging to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) forcefully entered the room and sat among church members. Pastor Babu reported to the All India Christian Council that after few minutes, one among them stood up and started abusing Pastor Babu with false allegation of force and fraudulent conversion. "They insisted that I denounce my Christian faith and forced me to burn the Bible inside the church," said Pastor Babu. When Pastor Babu refused to burn the Bible and denounce his Christian faith, the mob started beating him. He was severely beaten and was unconscious for ten minutes. The VHP mob also warned church members to denounce their Christian faith otherwise they would face the consequences. "Church members were strong in their faith and they testified the reason why they were following Jesus," said Pastor Babu. The church musical instruments were stolen by the mob. On the way back, the VHP mob went to another house church at Krotal near Manali and stopped the prayer meeting. Members were warned to stop gathering otherwise they would face the consequences. Rev. Sam Abraham, State Secretary of All India Christian Council of Himachal Pradesh, called Pastor Babu and found out that he did not register any complaint in the police station as he did not have any affiliated church body to help him. Later, with the initiative of the All India Christian Council, Pastor Babu went to Kullu Police Station to lodge a complaint against the culprits but it was reported that the complaint was refused by police personnel. Later a complaint letter addressed to the District Collector of Manali was submitted. The Station House Officer, Mr. Sarwan Chandel of Kullu Police Station, pretended to be ignorant of the incident but later he told the All India Christian Council that the District Collector has instructed him to enquire into the matter. In spite of instructions from the District Collector to Mr. Chandel, no action has been taken to trace the culprits. Mr. Chandel assured the All India Christian Council that a team of police forces would be sent within short time to conduct an enquiry. Rev. Abraham said he is frustrated with the police. He said, "When any allegation is made against Christians, police immediately take action but the case is different when Christians complain."

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