Church service disrupted by authorities acting malafide on false allegations

  November 13, 2016

  Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

The Village Administrative Officer (VAO) and Revenue Inspector (RI) acting on a false complaint made by religious fanatics disrupted Christians prayers that were taking place at a Church behind Govt Hr.Sec School, Nathakadaiyur, Kangayam Taluk, Tiruppur district. It was reported that they were acting under the direction of the Tehsildar.

The Church has been in operation for the past 20 years and has its headquarters in Coimbatore under a registered trust.

The Church building was approved by the President of Nathakadaiyur Panchayat in 2005 and the Church building construction was completed in 2005 and there was never a problem until last month. Even now, the immediate neighbors have no complaint. The false allegations of disturbance have been concocted by trouble makers who are anti-Christian and religious fanatics.

On 13.11.2016 by 9:30 am, a mob arrived at the Church as the service was going on and argued with the pastor that the prayers are disturbing them. In an attempt to pacify them, the Pastor immediately switched off the PA system.

However, they took videos on their cell phones and by 10.30 am the VAO came to the site and by 12 noon, the RI came to the spot. They demanded the complete discontinuation of Christian prayers there pending special permission from the Collector.

The Christians have made a representation to the district collector to restrain her subordinates and also to direct the police to provide adequate protection to the Christian churches immediately.

A peace meeting was facilitated by the district authorities on 17.11.2016 and a settlement was reached.

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