|Persecution Watch Nov. 25, 2011|
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Pastor beaten up, forced to stop worship by villagers in Raipur, Chhattisgarh
A mob of about 200 Hindu radicals disrupted a worship service and attacked Pastor Naresh Sahu on November 6th at about 11 am in Parsada village, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
As per reports received from Rev. Akhilesh Edgar EFI assistant Sectary Coordinator, while the Sunday worship service was being conducted, a large group of Hindu fundamentalist gathered in front of the house of pastor Sahu and forcibly stopped the worship service. The miscreants verbally abused the pastor and later dragged him out of his house and beat him up brutally.
The mob then tore the Bibles, destroyed all the church materials and threw it into a nearby pond.
EFI spoke to Inspector Anup, Police in-charge of Abhanpur Police Station who informed us that the pastor was sent to Abhanpur Hospital for treatment by the police officials and a complaint has been filed by both the parties. Pastor Naresh filed complaint against Komal Sahu, Dinesh Sahu, Laltu Sahu, Manglu Nisad, Nathu Nisad and Hira Sahu.
Later, Pastor Naresh met the former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Shri Ajit Jogi and submitted a letter stating all the happenings.
However, with the intervention of Shri Ajit Jogi, police went to the village and issued a notice to both the parties to resolve the rising dispute.