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Hindu Extremists Disrupt Worship Service in India

By Jeremy Reynalds
11/12/07 INDIA (ANS) — Hindu extremists disrupted a Sunday worship service, terrifying the pastor and members of his flock.

The incident occurred on Nov. 11 in Vidyaranya Pura, Mysore, in the State of Karnataka in Southern India.

According to the website www.persecution.in, at about 11 a.m. a group of about 30 Hindu fundamentalists entered a community hall where the service was in progress.

They forced Pastor Raju to stop the service and began cursing loudly.

The story said the Hindu attackers declared India to be a Hindu country, and that worship of Jesus Christ cannot be allowed. The web site reported that the Hindu fundamentalists also warned the congregation of more trouble ahead if they continued their services.

Raju has been holding worship services in the community hall for about 18 months.

According to www.persecution.in the radical Hindus left the community hall saying, “We cannot attack them as the believers are huge in number.”

At the time of the incident, the web site reported, there were about 100 believers in the church.

A coordinator for the Global Council of Indian Christians (whose web site first reported this story), the church pastor and other Christians attending the service have filed a report with the police.