Monday, August 15, 2005

Church attacked in Raipur, Chattisgarh

(Exclusive to Christian Persecution India)

14th August 2005:

Hindu Fundamentalists broke into the prayer hall of the Teacher Disciple Vineyard Church in Jagannath Nagar, Raipur, Chattisgarh, demolishing it. The Dharam Sena, a Hindu Fundamentalist organization has claimed that the land on which the Church is built belongs to one Mr. Sandeep Tiwari, a leader of the outfit.

The Pastor of the Church Rakesh Jairaj has denied all such allegations. Jairaj, a Physiotherapist by profession, claimed that the Church brought 2 lands by paying 253,000 and 157,000 Indian rupees respectively. The Church was being built on the latter property.

Members of the Dharam Sena, stormed into the prayer hall which was near completion, damaging the boundary wall. They also desecrated the Crosses in the Church, throwing them into the Gutter. They allegedly kept on intimidating the Christians saying that, "It is our rule now and we will see how you worship here."

The Church leaders filed an FIR with the police, though the police deliberately did not mention in the FIR that Crosses were desecrated and religious feelings were hurt. The report was filed against 5 people under IPC 147, 427, and 448. Only three were arrested and were let off later.

The Teacher's Disciple Vineyard Church currently meets in homes and has 70 - 80 members.