Watch night service is forcefully cancelled by the police. Police locked the church and told Pastor not to conduct any service in Karur

  December 31, 2018

  Karur, Tamil Nadu

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly, Social Ostracism

  Women


On 31st December 2018, Watch night service is forcefully cancelled by the police. Police locked the church and told Pastor not to conduct any service in Vengamadu Taluka of Karur District, Tamil Nadu.

Around 11pm 30 police personnel came to the church during the watch night service asked to stop the prayer meeting and took Pastor to the police station and chased away all the Christians who have gathered for the prayer meeting.

Pastor was dropped on the way to the police station with a stern warning not to conduct any prayer service. Police told him that there was a notice issued earlier not to conduct any prayer meeting but Pastor did not received it. Pastor met DSP but told him not to conduct the prayer meeting because Pastor had made an arrangements for the watch night service. But Church was locked by the police and handed over the keys to Pastor.

On 23rd December, hindutva extremists stopped the prayer meeting and demanded Rs.50 Thousand as a ransom to conduct the prayer meeting. On 26th December, Pastor complaint a file based on the incident on 23rd December. On 27th December inspector called up Pastor to the police station for a peace talk on 30th December which never happened.


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