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Pastor arrested in Madhya Pradesh

02/19/09 India (All India Christian Council) – Rev. Venkata Rao Paulose, founder of Pine Mount English Medium School, had organized a three-day prayer meeting in the school compound in Sanjay Nagar Colony, Anupur, Madhya Pradesh between 16th to 18th Jan 2009. He had invited a few guest speakers for the prayer meeting. During the meeting, without his knowledge, two people started selling books near the school compound. Some RSS/Bajrang Dal people purchased a few copies from there and took it to the Chachai Police Station. They lodged a complaint against Rev. Venkata Rao Paulose. Immediately the policemen came to Rev. Venkata’s house and asked him to come to the police station for an enquiry.

The next day, 19th Monday morning, Rev. Venkata Rao went to the police station and gave a statement of the incident. The police officials advised Rev. Venkata Rao to be careful. The police arrested the actual persons involved in the selling of the books. One of them was granted bailed while the other did not get bail and was shifted to the Shadol Court.

On 25th Feb 2009 around 8.30 am Rev. Venkata Rao Paulose was arrested and taken to the Chachai Police Station. He was arrested in spite the fact that the people who were arrested had confessed to selling the books. Later Rev. Venkata Rao was taken to the Anupur court. The Court refused to grant him bail because the other accused was in Shadol and so they directed him to the Shadol court. At present Rev. Venkata Rao is in the Chachai police station.

Rev. Venkata Rao Paulose is pastoring Pentecostal Church of God, Sanjay Nagar Colony, where he has been ministering to 150 members since 1992.