A congregation of 60 Christian worshipers in Veerakeralam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu have been denied their right to worship Christ at a rental premises, by the inspector of the Vadavalli police station who claims that there is a stiff opposition from the community against allowing the continuation of the prayers in that location.
The Pastor has been leading prayers in Veerakeralam area of Coimbatore in a rented premises for the last 8-9 months. Prior to this, they had been worshiping in other places, including a prayer hall above his own home, but have faced severe opposition from the authorities who are themselves under tremendous pressure from right-wing groups. As a result, they have repeatedly forced the Church to relocate.
On 18.12 2016, following their Sunday morning service, the owner of the premises (a widow who is herself a member of the Church) and the Pastor were called to the Vadavalli police station. Both of them were severely verbally abused by the Inspector who forced the Pastor to give in writing that he would not conduct prayers in that place without the prior permission of the District Collector.