Hindu fanatics beat up Pastor, son in a Telangana village
Local Hindu fanatics attacked Pastor Kristhudas, who goes by a single name, of Centenary Baptist Church and his son Udavati Hanok in Gandhari village of Kamareddy district of Telangana.
Both Pastor Kristhudas and Hanok, who had been facing persecution since some time, were beaten up badly by the Hindu fanatics to prevent the pastoral family from building a house on a nearby government land. The persecutors claimed that they intended to build a temple in the said place.
According to Hanok, this is despite his father seeking necessary permissions four months ago from gram panchayat and an MLA to build a house. However, the MLA and authorities only gave a verbal assurance to the family to construct the house.
Trusting their verbal assurance, the pastor and his son had earlier gone to the nearby land to start clearing the grass to prepare for construction. Soon, some of the villagers turned up at the place with flags and began harassing the pastor and his son. Despite Pastor Kristhudas’ assurance, the locals insisted that the family was going to build a church there and not a house, and threatened them to stop Christian activities.
Agitated by a Christian pastor owing a land in their vicinity, the locals also began claiming that they now intended to build a temple on the same land.
May the Church continue to intercede for the pastoral family as well as for a change of heart in the persecutors that they may turn to the Lord.
“My father has been serving the church as a pastor since 1990 in this village which has around 30 families now. Currently, we are living within the compound in a small room behind the church. My father merely intended to build a house in the nearby government land for which he acquired permissions as well,” said Hanok, who works as a photographer.
In fact, when asked to stop construction activities, Pastor Kristhudas amicably agreed to do so and returned home.
Yet, the next day, some of the local Hindu fanatics, led by Rama Rao, Saaylu and Rajulu, came with saffron flags and took Pastor Kristhudas to the said land. “I wasn’t there when they took my father. But when I arrived I saw them beating up my father and asking him about who gave permission to build a house. When I tried to simply ask them why they were beating my father, they beat me also and then took us to the local police station,” said Hanok who suffered bruises along with his father.
The police in Gandhari village, on the other hand, took the family to another Sadashivnagar police station where they were kept till 8.30 pm citing protection from the persecutors. “We returned home at night and got ourselves treated at the hospital the next day,” said Hanok.
The pastoral family have been facing persecution from the local Hindu fanatics who had earlier complained to the police about noise disturbance due to worship services being conducted at the church. The police had, however, refused to lodge any complaints on the grounds that even Hindu and Muslim religious activities generated noise.
Meanwhile, a relative of Pastor Kristhudas has filed a complaint with the police against the local Hindu fanatics for the attack.
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