Pastors and believers arrested; prayer meeting cancelled

  April 17, 2017

  Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly

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.

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