Police dismiss charges of financial inducement to convert to Christianity, Bihar
Evangelist (Evg.) Jiji Joseph and three others – one of them a Senior Citizen — were seriously injured after being brutally attacked by religious fundamentalists, over false allegations of conversion, in Gurshanola Village in Bettiah Block of West Champaran district in Bihar.
Evg. Jiji Joseph [India Mission] along with Pastor Mathew Thomas, Pastor Aji George Kottarakkara & Bro. Samson, has hailed an Auto from Evg. Jiji’s home. They walked around 5 kms and reached Gurshan Tola Village in Bettiah Block of West Champaran district in Bihar.
It is alleged that the mob frenzy started after when Evangelist Jiji, known to a couple of villagers, was talking to one of the sisters. Soon, a large crowd gathered and began to verbally assualt and manhandle them for attempted conversion. The villagers and local religious fundamentalists ganged up against the group and brutally beat them up. Evangelist Jiji was singled out and received the brunt of the attack.
After nearly 4 hours, the Village Headman was alerted, who in turn informed the Sirsia Police station. They rushed to the spot and rescued the believers.
Persecution Relief team was informed about the incident by Pastor Vinod and our team spoke to SP Jaykant who assured that he would look into the matter immediately,
The religious fundamentalists claimed that inducement of Rs. 25,000/- was allegedly paid to seduce people to convert to Christianity. Based on this statement, the Sirsia Police investigated the charges and found them to be totally fabricated and baseless. Police have filed a FIR against the perpetrators of this hateful crime.
The Christians were released later the same evening.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Dr. Aby Mathew, Head of India Mission, expressed gratitude and appreciation of SP Jaykant, Sirsia Police Station, who was very polite, humble and supportive of the Christians.
Church, continue to lift up in prayer, for the protection of Christians of Bihar and all the workers of India Mission.
Please pray for Evg. Jiji Joseph, Pastor Mathew Thomas, Pastor Aji George Kottarakkara & Bro. Samson, that they may be healed in body, mind and spirit.
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