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ICC Note:

Christian groups in India urge the government to combat deep-seated anti-Christian sentiment by punishing the “real culprits.”

Christian Today India (03/06/06) – Expressing deep concern over the increasing incidents of anti-Christian violence in Andhra Pradesh, the All Indian Christian Council (AICC) has urged Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy to punish the ”real culprits” and restore confidence in the hearts of the minority community.

In a memorandum presented to the Chief Minister, AICC national president Dr. Joseph D. Souza and AICC’s Andhra Pradesh unit president Dr. G. Samuel, have jointly appealed to the government to ensure the safety of the Christians and make efforts to prevent further attacks against them.

The AICC was particularly concerned over the latest attack on Pastor Aaron of Indian Pentecostal Church in Nizamabad town, who was assaulted by activists belonging to Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on January 12. The ABVP activists also reportedly burnt Holy Scriptures in the same incident.

The AICC also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, the attack on Pastor David and three others that took place on January 13 in Domakonda of Nizambad district by some RSS activists. The same group continued to terrorize and intimidate the hapless believers, AICC said.