Worship service attacked, Uttar Pradesh
On Sunday, 02nd December, a Church in Naubasta, Kanpur District, Uttar Pradesh, was attacked by a mob of nearly 150 religious fanatics, during Sunday worship service. Pastor A. B. Singh was leading the worship, when they disrupted the worship service and demanded they close down the Church immediately or be ready to face dire consequences.
Chanting anti-Christian slogans, the hostile mob, spread fear and terror among the worshiping Christians.
Accompanying the Police Officials, the sisters in the congregation decided to appeal to the mob as they hoped they could reason with them, but to no avail.
Police quickly took matters into their hands and forced the worship service to stop. They demanded that the Christians leave the church premises and disperse immediately.
The religious fanatics were also ordered to disperse. Forced to leave, the incited fanatics, brazenly threatened to stop the worship the following week as well, in front of the Police men.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Jeetender Singh, In-charge of New India Church of God, briefed about the incident.
Apparently, 2 days ago, a Sub-Inspector, had visited the Church where Naubasta, Kanpur, where Pastor A.B. Singh was ministering. He told him that a complaint had been lodged against him at the Police Station, alleging that he was involved in conversion activities.
Anticipating some disturbance, though not on the scale that had occurred on Sunday, Pastor assured the Police that he had no issues and was available anytime he was needed to reach the Police Station.
After this incident, Pastor Jeetender Singh accompanied Pastor A.B. Singh to Naubasta Police Station to lodge a complaint. However, the Sub-Inspector on duty, refused to take their application and file a complaint. He sent them off saying that he will need 2 days to investigate the matter and will then consider filing the complaint.
Several Churches in Uttar Pradesh, are being forcefully closed down with the help of Police and Administration. Police, who are meant to be ‘guardians of the law’ are derelict in their duties by taking a prejudiced and bigoted stand against the minority Christian community.
In Districts of Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Kanpur, etc. more than 20 worship services have been disrupted and Churches closed down. Police patrols are placed outside such Churches, guarding the entry, to prevent people from gathering to worship Jesus Christ.
Persecution Relief has recorded more than 109 persecution incidents in Uttar Pradesh, this year, the most hostile among 29 states.
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