A pastor and his family were attacked by 150 Hindu activists as they were traveling to their church in Bhadwadi village, according to the news portal ( www.christianpost.com).
After accusing Pastor Virendra Singh, 50, of converting people to Christianity and severely injuring him, the attackers – believed to be affiliated with the Vishva Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteers’ Organization) – burnt down their church, which had more than 500 believers inside.
“The 500-600, who were present in the church, ran out panicked, crying with fear. They somehow managed to help the sick believers escape from the church,” reported the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a human rights advocacy group based in Bangalore.
Religious books, Bibles, Christian literatures, musical instruments, and other items, however, were completely destroyed.
Singh – who had been traveling Sunday with wife Bhavana Singh, 45, and daughter Rushali Singh, 14 – told GCIC that he was thankful to God for saving them from the attack, which left them with just few injuries and scars.
After Sunday’s attack, the pastor will for the second time be registering a case against the activists. On Sept. 7, Singh had requested police protection after receiving death threatens from the same activists.
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