Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Attack on Pastor in Hyderabad: Three held

The attack on a Pastor at a Harijan Basti in Gudi Malkapur under Asifnagar police station limits in Hyderabad on 27 February 2007 snowballed into a controversy with Hindu activists alleging that he was involved in religious conversion. This caused tension in the area, resulting in the Pastor's supporters and Hindu activists coming to blows. Thereafter both the groups approached Asif Nagar police station to file their respective complaints. There was tension at the police station premises too.

According to the police, Gudi Malkapur Methodist Church Pastor Sudharshan went to the house of B Yadamma and started to preach. When she questioned his motive, there arose arguments between the two, leading to a group fight. Krishna, who was in the crowd started to argue with the Pastor and manhandle him. In the scuffle, both of them were hurt.

Pastor Sudharshan went back to the church and told the youth about what had happened with Krishna. Infuriated, the youth rushed to the place and severely beat up Krishna.

Krishna was taken to Osmania General Hospital with injuries. The police said as per Yadamma's complaint, they booked a case and arrested Pastor Sudharshan, Antony (26), and Kennedy (24). Krishna was yet to be arrested.

Pastor Sudharshan said he did not go to the place to preach but to meet a person named Ashirvadam who was planning to rent out a portion of his house.

Source: AICC