11/24/2014, 00.00
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Karnataka, Hindu radicals attack a Pentecostal church: eight injured, two serious

by Nirmala Carvalho
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) condemns the latest attack against a Christian community: "Religious fundamentalists are a threat to the rule of law." Instead of stopping the attackers, police arrest a Christian pastor.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The violations of public law and order by Hindu radicals endanger religious freedom and threaten the lives and property of Christians in Karnataka" denounces Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), to  AsiaNews after yet another aggression against a Pentecostal community.

Yesterday a group of fundamentalists vandalized the Calvary Apostolic Church in Gangammapalaya and attacked worshippers, wounding eight.

The Hindu radicals barged in the middle of the prayer service, attacking those present. Two Christians, Krupakar and Wilson, are hospitalized with broken legs. The group has warned Christians not to rebuild the church.

Although there is a police station near the place of worship, the officers who intervened  "did not stop the aggressors." On the contrary, says Sajan George, " they dragged Rev. D'Souza, pastor of the community, in for questioning. It's shameful!".

 

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