Gospel Event forcibly stopped by Police; Pastor & organizers detained, Uttar Pradesh
Bro. Philip Christy along with Pastor C. B. Masih and others who were attending a Gospel Meeting at Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, where accosted by local Police and taken to Mubarakpur Police Station on charges of indulging in conversion activities.
Today, Wednesday, 29th May, Bro. Philip Christy and 2 others, who were on their way to Jaunpur, halted at Azamgarh, at a meeting organised by Pastor C. B. Masih, where the Speaker Rev. Vinod Ram Babu.
The meeting was in progress in a ‘private open filed’, when a Police Team, gatecrashed the meeting and demanded that the meeting be stopped. When Bro. Christy and the organised objected to this unreasonable demand from the Police. However, the Police were hostile and not ready to listen to any explanation, and ordered the Pastor and the organizers to accompany them to the Mubarakpur Police Station.
As though pre-planned, there was a huge mob of religious fanatics who had gathered in , shouting anti-Christian slogans and protesting outside the Police Station. What followed was an angry exchange of words, abuses and accusations by the fanatics, in front of the Police, alleging that conversion activities were taking place and the Gospel meeting, without any validation.
Eventually, SHO Mr. Mishra and other senior officers, listened to both sides of the story. Other Christian Leaders reached the Police Station, and explained to the Police that what transpired was not illegal and well within the Constitutional rights of an Indian citizen.
By the grace of God, after nearly 5 hours of negotiation, Bro. Christy, Pastor Masih and others, were released by the Police, without any charges being filed against them.
Church, please pray Christians across India, for God’s supernatural protection over all of them.
In Uttar Pradesh, the scale of “crack down” against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented, with tighter surveillance of churches and on those who continue to worship Jesus Christ.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded more than 129 persecution incidents in Uttar Pradesh, the most hostile among 29 states.
In the first quarter of 2019, we have recorded 157 incidents of hate crimes against Christians, with 33 cases from Uttar Pradesh alone.
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