DEC 23, 07. Assist News Service reports that about 50 believers
from the End Time Full Gospel Church in Mangalore, India, were getting ready for
their Sunday worship on December 23, 2007. This church is located on the second
floor of building at Alfa Center, Kankanadi, Mangalore, in Karnataka state.
At 9.20 in the morning,
about 30 Hindu fundamentalists reached the church on bikes and started
destroying the furniture, window panes, and worship equipments. They destroyed
Bibles and hymn books. The perpetrators then unleashed a reign of terror by
brutally beating the believers including children attending the worship with
chairs and sticks.
The following believers were
injured. Joshua Mark, 10 years, Alex 14 years, Diekshid, 12 years, Praveen
Kumar, 35 years, Ivan, 34 years, Sunil Sathyaveera, 32 years and J.K Ashirwadam
40 years. Most of the believers sustained serious head and back injuries. The
injured were initially treated in Wellock government hospital in Mangalore and
were later admitted in Colaso Hospital Mangalore for special care.
Hindu radicals belonging to a radical Hindu group were later arrested for
attacking children and elders attending the Sunday worship.
James Varghese/ ASSIST News Service / Dec 27, 2007