Thursday, January 19, 2006

Two held for attacking Pastor in Andhra

From our correspondent

Two activists of the the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parisath (ABVP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been arrested in connection with the attack on Pastor Aaron in Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh on 12 January 2006. The police are on the lookout for the rest of the activists who joined in the brutal attack.

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. It is now learned that the attackers tried to take him to an isolated place with an intention to set him on fire. They also carried a can of petrol for the purpose. However the timely intervention by the police saved the situation.

The police moved into action following rallies held in the town on the following day by the Christian community protesting against the attack. The police also seized a still camera and a video camera containing all that happened during the attack. The attack was led by one Jaipal Reddy, an active RSS member.

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