Pastors brutally attacked with knives in Telangana, India

  April 8, 2015

  Mahabubnagar, Telangana

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On April 8, 2015 in Pebber, Mahbubnagar, a mob of Hindutva fundamentalists shouting “ Jai Shri Ram” forcefully entered into the gospel meeting of pastors, accused them of forceful conversion. The fundamentalists seriously injured four pastors. After the intervention of the local church leaders, the police registered an FIR against five attackers. The incident took place when an Independent Church, Kristu Prema Krupa Mandiram, organized three days of revival meetings in an open area from April 6-8, 2015. More than 300 Christians gathered from nearby villages for the meetings. On the final day during the final session, a mob of Hindu radicals stormed into the meeting with wooden clubs, iron rods, and knives. The attackers, with their well thought-out plans, first destroyed the lights and then broke the PA (public address) system while shouting loud anti-Christian slogans. More than half a dozen Christians sustained severe injuries, as the attackers carried out the violence, hitting Christians indiscriminately, smashing toes and hitting them on their heads.

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