Sunday, January 15, 2006

Pastor assaulted in Andhra Pradesh

From our correspondent

Mild tension prevailed for a brief period in the town of Nizamabad of Andhra Pradesh following alleged assault on pastor Aaron of Indian Pentecostal Church by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parisath (ABVP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists at RTC bus stand area on 12 January 2006.

The victim, accompanied by some other Christian activists, was distributing pamphlets at important junctions of the town in connection with the ongoing Christian congregation at Polytechnic Grounds.

Aaron was severely beaten up by ABVP and RSS activists and the police arrived on the scene and saved him, according to eyewitnesses. He was shifted to hospital later. Aaron complained that about 100 ABVP and RSS activists had attacked him without any provocation.

According to In-charge Circle Inspector K Pochaiah, a case had been booked under Sections 153A, 324, 506, 147 and 149 of IPC. The accused persons were absconding and manhunt was launched to arrest them, he said.

Meanwhile, The Council condemned the attack on the pastor and large numbers of Christians staged a rasta roko in protest against the attack on the pastor at the Railway Kaman affecting the vehicular traffic for about 45 minutes. The Council leader David said in a democratic and secular country everyone had the right to preach and propagate ones religion.

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