Villagers Protested Burial; Pastor’s Body Exhumed in Chhattisgarh, India

  August 30, 2012

  Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On 30 August a dead body of a pastor was exhumed after the Hindu extremists protested his burial, verbally abused the Christians and threatened them in Pendridih village, Mungeli.

Pastor Daniel Das (85) died at 4.30 p.m. on 29 August. His burial in the graveyard of the Disciples Church, Pendridih was not possible due to water logging in the graveyard.

Thereafter, the Christians buried Pastor Das in another graveyard newly allotted to them by the village head and the Sub Divisional Magistrate. However, about 700 people from Pendridi village and neigbouring villages, allegedly instigated by the Hindu extremists, massed up and demanded the exhumation of the dead body and ordered the Christians to bury him in the old graveyard.

The villagers also verbally accused the Christians and threatened to harm them. Police soon reached the spot and took the local Pastor Rev. Rodrick John and others to the Jarhagaon Police Station.

The angry mob also reached the police station and pressurized the police and administration and started repeating their demands of exhuming the dead body.

Realizing the worsening law and order situation, the area Christians exhumed the dead body of Pastor Das at about 5.30 p.m. on the same evening and buried him in the old graveyard with much difficulty.

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