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Attacks on Bible College students in Haryana, India

By James Varghese
11/16/07 INDIA (ANS) — Four Bible college students were assaulted in Ambala, Bhiwandi town in the Indian state of Haryana on Thursday, November 15th as they were distributing tracts at around noon near the local Baptist church.

According to a report carried by the Global Council of Indian Christians on their website — www.persecution.in — Hindu radicals surrounded them, thrashed them, and then dragged them to the Baptist church, when the fundamentalists also thrashed a Baptist church worker and threatened to burn down the church.

The police reached the Baptist Church much later and took the injured Christians with them to the police station. In a related development, a case has been registered by the Haryana police against the perpetrators.

In a separate incident, two Bible school students in Ambala, who were reportedly involved in their college ministry practical training for the past few months and residing in Housing Board Colony, were allegedly caught hold by members of a Hindu organization when they were distributing literature related Christanity. They were taken in procession and later their religious literature was burnt outside their room.

The police have registered a case against eight radicals involved in beating up these two Christian missionaries and burning Bible and other religious literature in the Naya Bazaar area.

The Civil Lines police registered a case in this connection against eight persons but no arrest has been made so far.