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(Telegraph – India ) – Alleging persecution of new converts, church leaders in Manipur are preparing to raise the issue at the international level with the help of the All India Church Council. The council organised a conference at the Manipur Baptist Church here today on the “rising cases” of persecution and harassment of new converts by local residents. Expressing concern over the developments, the participants urged the Okram Ibobi Singh government to protect the minority Christian population, particularly among the Meiteis and Rongmeis. Executive secretary of Meitei Baptist Association, Rev. Devendra Singh, said local residents had not allowed the burial of a Meitei pastor’s father at Phumlou in Imphal West last year as per Christian rites. Another church leader alleged that local residents, mostly Hindus, had dismantled a church in Thoubal district and warned the Christians of the area against reconstructing it.

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