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Christian Today India (01/12/06) – Death threats by Hindu extremists and police indifference continue to add to the woes of a pastor in Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh, but have failed to dampen his spirit, the All India Christian Council (AICC) has reported.

Pastor Yesupadam of Hyderabad who was attacked on 3 December 2005 (see ‘RSS death threats, police indifference add to pastor’s woes in Hyderabad’ continue to receive threatening calls from Hindu extremists specially the Hindu right-wing outfit, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in spite of the police authorities being well aware of it.

The AICC leaders had reported about the incident to the police authorities seeking both intervention and necessary action but after failing to evoke any response from them, they finally approached the Commissioner of Police in Hyderabad , apprising him of the situation. A case has also been filed against the people who manhandled the pastor at the local police station and action has been sought against the erring police inspector for not protecting the pastor.

The extremists have also threatened the house owner for giving his house to the pastor for Christian prayer meetings. The house owner, though apprehensive about the threats, has refused to bow to their demands and continues to give his house for prayer services.

Presently recuperating, Pastor Yesupadam continues to receive threat calls from unidentified callers but is determined to continue serving God in the region. In fact, his Church recently conducted a Pre-Christmas programme and distributed cake among the non-Christians in the slum area where he holds the prayers. However, other pastors have stopped coming to the area following threats from Hindu fundamentalists, he said.