Hindu Radicals Attack Christians During
Sunday Morning Church Service
Washington , D.C. (February 1, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Hindu extremists attacked Christians during a Sunday worship meeting on January 10 in Hyderabad , India .
Alleged members of Bajrang Dal (a Hindu extremist group) broke into the worship meeting of Heaven’s Glory Church and attacked Christians attending the church service. About eight Christians sustained bruises but there were no serious injuries.
The extremists also warned the pastor and church members to stop preaching in the area or face dire consequences.
The victims lodged a complaint at L.B Nagar police station and police officers were sent to the church immediately. Both parties were summoned to the police station on Monday, January 11, where Police Inspector Dronacharyulu suggested a meeting with the village head to resolve the tensions between the two groups.
After the meeting, the Christian leaders approached the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Satyanarayan, to express their concern that further attacks would be perpetrated against them. He promised to provide police protection to the church for two months.
The area is known for Hindu extremists who are bent on creating trouble for the Christians, reported a church representative.
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, said, “We condemn the attack against Heaven’s Glory Church by the suspected members of Bajrang Dal. We urge the officials of India to investigate the attack against the Christians and bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. We also call upon Indian officials to prevent further attacks from occurring at the church.”
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