Christian Attacked in Chhattisgarh & Pastor Forced to Stop Construction in Uttar Pradesh
On 20 May in Janjgir, Champa district of Chhattisgarh, alleged Hindu extremists attacked a Christian for not paying heed to their advice to stop following Christ. Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that the extremists accused a Christian convert, called Tarzan, who follows Christ and sings gospel songs, of ‘misbehavior’. The extremists had threatened the Christian earlier on 20 February to stop worshiping Christ or face harm. On Friday, the extremists led by Jharu Ram Manhar attacked him as Tarzan continues to believe in Christ. They beat him up, damaged his house and also stopped him from using the village pond. The next day (21 May) the extremists filed a police complaint against the Christian of ‘misbehavior’. The Christian also filed a police complaint against the extremists but no action was taken by the police.
Construction Work of Pastor Stopped in Uttar Pradesh
On May 19 in Khopura, Sahidabad, Uttar Pradesh, Hindu extremists threatened Pastor Sanju Mahananda from the Believers Church to stop constructing the pastor’s quarters or face harm. According to information, Pastor Mahananda was constructing a pastor’s residence cum prayer hall when the extremists came and threatened to demolish the construction. They warned the pastor and the contractors to stop the work immediately or face dire consequences. Pastor Mahananda stopped the construction work.