Radical mobs destroyed independent church in Southern India
On the 20th of January, an under-construction church was demolished by a radical Hindu nationalist mob in India’s Telangana state. According to the church’s pastor, the church's destruction shattered a decades-long dream of his Christian community.
The radicals harassed the volunteers building the church and broke down the pillars and walls. They claimed the church was being built too close to a Hindu temple.
“The damage is the loss of the hard-earned money of poor Christians,” Pastor Mohd Afzal told International Christian Concern (ICC). “We are a peace-loving community, and we don’t interfere in the matters of others. However, we were still targeted.”
A delegation of local pastors met with police to report the attack and the destruction of the under-construction church. Police promised to investigate the matter and arrest those responsible.