Monday, February 25, 2008

More attacks in Madhya Pradesh

22nd February 2008:

Christian participating in a lent meeting were attacked in the Kosmi area of Balaghat district of MP by Bajrang Dal people who then dragged Christians to the police station to lodge an FIR against them.

The Bajrang Dal people attacked without provocation and they were constantly shouting, "Dharmantaran Band Karo." (Stop Conversions).

Mr. Sunil Marawi and Brother Tom George from Kerala are the ones who have suffered physical injuries the most.

The police took complaints from both the parties and FIR's were lodged the next day but no one has been arrested till now.

24th February 2008

Masihi Mandir Church in Chawni area Indore was vandalized by a group of around 125 RSS people who kept shouting "Jo Hindu hit ki baat karega woh desh par raj karega." (The one who will talk of Hindu favor will rule India).

Since the Church was not having any service that time and was locked they damage though extensive did not include any human casualties apart from one Christian boy who was roughed up by 5 Hindutva goons.

The police has arrested 7 people so far.

The Masihi Mandir Church is under litigation for some time now with 4 parties laying claim to the property of the Church. Pray that this incident will unite them and they see sense in standing together at this time.

In another incident in MP, Father Joseph Kappilparampil from Ujjain diocese was arrested following complaint from the students  and was allegedly beaten up by a mob.

HE is heading the AMBODIYA parish, under which the Sanjeevan girls hostel at Ujjain is also being run.

He was released on bail on February 14th after his lawyer argued that the charges did not warrant remand.