On 10th March 2018, Church construction work was stopped by the hindutva extremists in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
The church bought 16 cents of plot in Umarsia Village. They prepared a plan and blueprint for the proposed building through an Engineer and approached the Panchayat officials for approval and were told ‘no approval is needed in rural areas’. So, they started building a Church hall and parsonage measuring 55’ x 30’ in RCC structure. The footing works for all the pillars have been put and the related ground works were going on.
Three days back few hindutva extremists brought the Police and stopped the work. Then after talking with the Police they allowed them to continue with the work telling “Go and build your HOUSE” On 10.03.2018 as the work was going on, some people came and stopped the work asking them to give in writing that they are building “House only and not a Church.”
Again three other hindutva extremists brought Police and the Police asked Christians to give a letter to SDM so that they will send both the parties to SDM. Meanwhile, the Tahsildar had come to the spot and invited for talks.