|Persecution Report March 13, 2010|
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Christians severely injured in Karnataka
On 28 February in Karwar, Karnataka, Hindu extremists allegedly led by municipal councilor accused Christians of forceful conversion and beat them up till they fell unconscious on the road.
At about 6:30 p.m., the extremists led by Raja Gowda barged into the premises of New Life Fellowship Church where two Christians David Lambani and one identified only as Satish were staying. The extremists accused the Christians of forceful conversion, verbally insulted them, dragged them out to the street and beat them up till they fell unconscious on the road, reported our correspondent, Rev Noel Kotian.
Despite the Christians having legal documents for the church site, the area village leaders stopped the church construction on November 2009 and February 2010.
The Christians were rushed to the hospital. Lambani left ear drum was damaged while Satish sustained head injuries and few broken bones.
Police registered First Information Report against the attackers but no arrests had been made at press time.
Please pray for the quick recovery of the Christians, for the church to resume the construction work and for peace and religious tolerance in Karnataka which is ruled by the pro- Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Violence against Christians in the state has become a daily occurrence.