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Worshippers hold service in ashes after church burned to ground

Christians gathered around the charred remains of a church to pray despite the building being gutted by Hindu radicals during an attack on the holiest day of the year.

The Maranatha Full Gospel Church, located in India’s Bihar state, was burned to the ground on Easter Sunday, leaving nothing but ashes, according to religion watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC).

But despite the church having been targeted by radicals, defiant Christians still came together among the ruins and held a mass the same day. Pastor Anil Juit found the church had been burned when he arrived there on Easter morning.

He told Morning Star News that someone had written the words “Jai Sri Ram” on one of the church’s remaining walls, which translates to Hail lord Ram.

He said:

“It is evident from the slogan that this work is the work of some Hindu radicals.”

He reported the incident to the police on April 22, but ICC reports that he was told by officers to not mention the fire in the complaint, ordering him instead to only say the building had been vandalised.

Now, the local media is portraying the incident as a robbery much to Pastor Juit’s anger.

Pastor Juit said: “Nothing was stolen from inside the church, but a burnt heap of Bibles, religious books, drums, tambourine, banners, mats, etc. was found.

“I have not been called for verification by the police since my complaint.”

He added: “It is evident that no investigations have been done so far.”

Source: Express UK

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