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Three teens behind defilement of churches in Mizoram

ICC Note: Three boys confessed to burning Bibles and using Satanic symbols in a series of church defilements. Use of Satanic rituals to defile churches on the rise in that area of India.

05/05/2012 India ( underage boys were found to be behind a series of church defilement in Kolasib in northern Mizoram during the last few months.The accused were handed over to Kolasib police by their parents on Thursday, Kolasib police said.  Their suspicious parents interrogated them and the trio confessed to committing the crime. Then their parents brought them to the police station, sources said.

GCIC Sources said the kids, aged 14, 15 and 18, are inmates of a hostel of a prominent English medium school in Kolasib. They sneaked out of the hostel in the death of the night and committed the sinister activities.They collected Bibles and hymn books from different churches and burnt them on the dance floor on top of a Satanic sign scrawled, the sources said.The youths have defiled at least three churches of different denominations since recently.  Satanism is emerging as a disturbing trend among youths in the Christian-dominated state of Mizoram, according to reports.At least three incidents where miscreants draw a star surrounded by a circle – a well-known Satanic symbol – in front of the altar and set Bibles on fire inside it, have come to light in the last 10 days.On Tuesday(10th May), suspected Satan worshipers attacked a Presbyterian church at Kolasib in northern Mizoram in the wee hours.  “A church member Englawma, who lives nearby, saw smoke coming out from inside the church around 4 am. On inspection, he found a heap of burnt Bibles on the dance floor,” Kolasib police said.A good number of Bibles was stacked on top of a large sign of Anarchy scrawled across the floor and torched.  The burnt Bibles were not from the church alone. There were reports of missing Bibles from other churches, the police sources said.However, they said other books like commentaries and Oxford Bible dictionaries were lying untouched.

The vandalism came close on the heels of an attack on a United Pentecostal Church in Kolasib in broad daylight on May 2 where Bibles and hymn books were burnt similarly.

Incidentally, burnt copies of Bibles and a disposable cup filled with blood was found in a remote cemetery at Kawnpui in Kolasib district on December 24 last year.

Another incident of Satanism occurred inside the church of United Pentecostal Church (North East India) at Hunthar locality in Aizawl on the night of January 19.

Burnt pages of Bibles were scattered across the floor where an Anarchy sign was written and sacramental cup filled with blood was discovered by people who went to the church.

During the past few years, such incidents have been on the rise.

An increasing number of teenagers embrace cults and indulge in devil worship to receive supernatural powers and perform miracles.

“There are Satan worshipers in Mizoram where about 90 percent of the population is Christians,” said Lalrammawia Ngente, a church elder and college lecturer.

Ngente, who has done research on Satanism in Mizoram and has written a book on occult, said a number of youths had confessed to him that they worshipped Satan.

“They did it to attain supernatural powers and perform miracles. Most of them offered their own blood by cutting their wrist. Some also offered chicken’s blood,” Ngente said.

Rev L H Rawsea, a faculty member of the Aizawl Theological College which had investigated Satanism in Mizoram a few years back, said the cultic practice began as early as 2000 by youths influenced by television shows and films about occult.

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