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Hindu radicals attack a ‘Jesus Abode’ pastor in Uttar Pradesh and accuse him of conducting ‘forceful conversions’

By James Varghese

10/6/07 INDIA (ANS) — A pastor was attacked and accused of conducting “forceful conversions” by Hindu radicals in Jhansi , Uttar Pradesh in India on Tuesday, October 2.

This news was reported by Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) on their website, www.persecution.in.

According to their report, Pastor V. Paul was conducting a special worship service with eight believers in a small hut in Nagara, Uttar Pradesh, on October 2. (October 2nd was observed as Gandhi Jayanthi, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhiji, the great freedom fighter in India and was declared as the International Day of Non-Violence by the UN).

At around 5:00 pm, about 10 activists from Bajrang Dal – also known as the “Monkey Brigade” — forcefully entered the hut, where the prayers were being conducted, and began shouting anti-Christian slogans. They then dragged the pastor out and carted him in a Jeep to the nearest police station, which was about four kilometers from the place of worship (hut).

The pastor was humiliated and abused all along the way to the police station, said the GCIC report. The perpetrators alleged “forceful conversion” charges against the itinerant preacher who was detained in the police station for about 48 hours.

Eventually, the matter was settled amicably by supporters of the pastor and the police have now released him from custody.

Pastor V. Paul, aged 30, ministers in an independent church called Masi Mandali (Jesus Abode) in Nagara, which is near Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, bordering on to Madhya Pradesh, and has been ministering there for the last five years. Pastor Paul has also been ministering in two house churches in Nagara with 40 and 30 believers each.