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Persecution Watch October 13, 2014
Christians Beaten up, Worship Meeting Disrupted in Kerala

Christians beaten up in Karnataka

On October 2 in Dindur Thanda, Kushtagi, Hindu extremists accused Christians from the FMPB of forceful conversion and beat them up, severely injuring two.

Our correspondent, Pastor Ganesh Naik reported that about 10 FMPB members were praying in a believer's house when about 50 extremists massed up saying that they do not allow Christians to pray in the area and summoned the pastor to come out from the meeting.

Pastor R. Sathyappa, local worker Nandu Rathod and other believers came out from the house after the prayer when the extremists asked them, "Who is the pastor?"

"As soon as they know that I am the pastor, they started beating me up with their hands all over my body, smashed my spectacle and accused me of forcefully converting people." Pastor Sathyappa told EFI News.

The extremists also beat up the Christians who were trying to defend the pastor while some smashed their vehicle and broke up the window glasses and flattened the tyres. One Christian local worker Nandu Rathod was also severely injured.

Later, the Christians somehow escaped from the scene with the help of some villagers.

A compromise took place between the Christians and the attackers on the next day. No police complaint was filed.

"We maintain a peaceful relation with the villagers and there was no case of forceful conversion." said Sathyappa.

The two Christians received hospital treatment and Brother Rathod was discharge only yesterday (Oct 9) from the hospital. He sustained severe head and internal injuries.

The area church leaders suspect that the incident took place under the motivation of the local Bajang Dal and the Shiv Sena.

Kindly pray for strength for Pastor Satyappa and the believers, complete recovery for Brother Rathod, for peace and religious tolerance in the area.