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Pastors Attacked in Andhra Pradesh, India

By James Varghese
5/18/08 ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA (ANS) — About 60 Hindu radicals attacked two pastors in Andhra Pradesh, India.

According to a story on the All India Christian Council website, the May 5 attack occurred in Mahanandi village in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.

Pastors Shankaraiah and Dasanna were attacked outside the village. The alleged attackers were led by Gihwananda Swami, described in the website story as “a leader of Hindu fanatics.” The pastors were beaten up, the story reported, and then handed over to the police with an allegation against them of “large scale conversion activities.”

The All India Christian Council has condemned the attack, and called for legal action to be taken against the attackers.