On 17th April 2017, the local Hindutva extremists group in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, have threatened the local police, anticipating communal violence, against the Christian prayer meeting scheduled for 19th – 22nd April 2017. The pastor conducting the meeting had obtained permission from the local authorities and the police for the meeting.
The extremists filed a complaint against the pastor and some others, and the police immediately took action and booked the Pastor and others under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sec-153A and Sec-294 with CrPc/131/2017, thus obtaining a non-bailable warrant against the pastor.
500 to 600 local Pastors took out a rally and staged a Dharna at Thunda Indira Maidan, Thirupati, seeking justice.
The local police seem to have been very passive and the prayer meeting was cancelled.