Friday, April 21, 2006

Church attacked in Mangalore, Pastor injured

From our correspondent

In a shocking incident, a group of Hindu fanatics attacked a church at Moodabidari near Mangalore in Karnataka on 16 April 2006. The miscreants, numbering about 30, barged into Shanti Nilaya at Balmatta in Moodabidari and ransacked the hall where Easter was being celebrated.

The incident occurred around 3.45 pm when men, women and children had gathered at Shanthi Nilaya for regular prayers after the Easter celebrations. The miscreants barged into the hall, destroyed the musical instruments, chairs and tables, broke window panes and doors and damaged some vehicles parked nearby. They warned the gathering saying such prayers should not be held.

They also beat up the Pastor very badly, necessitating his immediate hospitalisation. His hands had been fractured and legs and head badly wounded. "He is still under treatment," sources said.

In all six people have been arrested so far. The police are on the lookout for the others. According to the Pastor, the local media had been very supportive of the Hindu fanatics. In spite of all the protests made, nothing had been done to contain the Hidutva elements in the area, he alleged.

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