Christians Attacked, Burial Service Denied in Chhattisgarh, India

  April 20, 2012

  Chhattisgarh, Kanker

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

Alleged Hindu extremists on April 20 denied the burial of a Christian, beat up the pastor and believers including children and woman till they fell unconcious in Belgal, Kanker, Chhattisgarh.

It was reported that the village head and about 300 villagers instigated by the Hindu extremists refused the burial of Jaikant Pawar, a convert Christian, who succumed to asthamatic problems.

Pawar on the previous day was taken to a nearby village, Pakhanpur, for treatment, however, the next morning he felt severe chest pain and an ambulance was called. However, unfortunately he died before arrival of the ambulance and his body was sent back to his village.

As the local pastor, Dhaniram Nag and the believers were taking the body of Pawar for burial service from his house, the extremists suddenly surrounded his house shouting anti-Christian slogans, verbally abused the Christians and challenge the pastor and the believers to bring life back in the dead body, started beating the pastor, his wife and other believers including children, women and aged ones.

As they continued attacking the small Christian community, the extremists dragged the believers out from their houses and the small children were pushed and thrown. The beating went on till the pastor and the believers fell unconscious, reported our correspondent.

The believers slowly gain their conciousness after one local girl poured water on the heads of them. At about 2 a.m, the extremists threatened the believers to carry the dead body away from the village or kill them. The believers carried the body and reached Bande police station at about 8 a.m. However, the police on duty was not willing to help them.

The officials summoned the attackers but they falsely accused the Christians of beating them up. However the police warned the extremists not to attack the Christians again and worked out a compromise between the two parties.

The officials permitted the burial of Pawar in the village. Moreover, the authorities granted the believers in Belgal a graveyard, where Pawar’s body was laid to rest.

About 10 believers received injuries and received medical treatment. An FIR has been registered. Please pray for Champa, the wife of Jaikant Pawar, the bereaved family and the ministry in this area.

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