Police in India’s Telangana state were reportedly pressured by Hindu radicals to file a case against a Christian pastor’s family after a group of drunken Hindu men were arrested for attacking the family and crushing their youngest son’s foot with a boulder.
According to Morning Star News, a group of young drunk men recently beat up the family of Pastor Kolhapuri Lachaiah Moses outside of their church in Ramachandrapuram village.
The altercation reportedly began when the family noticed motorcycles parked outside the church gates with a gang of men reading the church’s banner, which quotes 2 Corinthians 12:9. The words “My grace is sufficient for you” are written in Telugu.
The pastor told the news outlet that his family initially thought the men were there to get some water. However, it quickly became apparent that the men weren’t there for water when they began shouting derogatory caste remarks.
“The youths started shouting, ‘Where is the pastor idiot?'” Moses recalled. “‘Who gave you Christians the permission to set up a church here? You Shudras! Idiots! How dare you do Christian activities here?'”
The pastor went out to meet the men and asked what their fuss was about. Moses said he could smell the alcohol on their breath as he approached.
While the young men continued to make derogatory remarks, the pastor’s older son came out and asked the gang not to make so much noise.
The son, Kolhapuri Prabhakar, told Morning Star News that the men began beating his father when he came out.
“When I tried to stop them, they punched me too,” Prabhakar said. “My mother and sister also rushed to help us, only to be pushed away by the drunk men. They yelled, ‘We have been looking for you for the past six months, we got you today. We will not stop now.'”
The radicals went after Moses’ younger son, Kolhapuri Immanuel, when he called the police.
“Two of them held me by my hands, while the other threw that huge stone on my foot. I could not bear that pain,” the 20-year-old Kolhapuri told Morning Star News.
Because of the injury, Kolhapuri reportedly suffered a broken fifth metacarpal, which required foot surgery.
The family tried to confine the young men so that the police could arrest them when they arrived. Before the police arrived two of the men escaped, according to Moses.
Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Abdul Kareem told Morning Star News that the culprits were identified as members of a Hindu nationalist student group affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is connected to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
The group the attackers belong to is called Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
The older brother, Prabhakar, complained about the attack at the local police station before taking his brother to the hospital. The police registered the cases against 20-year-olds Chaviti Sathya Shiva, Edavelli Karthik, Kalikota Sai Krishna, and 19-year-old Kanaparthi Sai Sunil.
“The accused ABVP youth have connections with the political leaders at state and central levels,” an anonymous police source told Morning Star News.
Because of those connections, pressure was placed on the police department to register a counter case against the persecuted Christian family.
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Source: Christian Post