Police oppression and house arrest of Pastor, Uttar Pradesh
Media and Police, at the behest of religious fundamentalist groups, were continuing their unabated witch-hunt against Christians, in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Ashok Rajbhar briefed about the ordeal he is currently facing, with the Police officials of Newrania Police Station, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Pastor Ashok leads prayers in his house on Sundays since the families in the village, do not have the means to travel into town for worship. Around 600 people gather to worship at his residence, at Sarai, Block Rampur, District Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.
However, for the last 3 Sundays, from 16th Sep to 30th September, every Sunday, Police men stand guard, outside and inside the Church – “Prabhu Yesu Mandir Sarbar”.
In an attempt to intimidate and terrorize the believers, the Police trespass into this private property, not permitting anybody to enter the church. They stop them on the way, blocking access to the Church, asking the worshippers to go back home.
“The Policemen have conspired together and are not allowing the villagers to come for the worship service”.
“How will they survive without hearing God’s word or being nourished spiritually?”
“I have been ministering here for the past 10 years but have never faced a situation like this – it’s so scary. Their whole attitude is very harsh, abusive and threatening”, he added.
Pastor was deeply sad about the turn of events:
“It’s been 3 Sundays and all our believers are depressedand disappointed, that they can’t come and worship together on the Lords day, Sunday”.
“On Sunday, 23rd September, my father and I were arrested and kept in Newrania Police Station for one whole day, from morning to evening. Police released my father, Lalchand Rajbhar late that night. I was held until I could secure bail and be released”.
“Please pray for us and our family of 10 members, as we are going thru difficult times. Pray that we will continue to hold on to Jesus Christ.”
Church, please pray for Jaunpur and scores of Pastors who are facing similar situations.
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