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Church attacked in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh

Hindutva activists have attacked a church at Tadipatri in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh. They have also vandalised the church by installing the idol of a Hindu god on the altar of the church.

The miscreants belonging to Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) attacked Christu Parisuddama Prarthana Mandiram (Holy Spirit Prayer House) of the Pentecostal Church at Tadipatri on 23 May 2010.

The miscreants belonging to Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) attacked Christu Parisuddama Prarthana Mandiram (Holy Spirit Prayer House) of the Pentecostal Church at Tadipatri on 23 May 2010.

They first damaged the church which was under construction and then installed the idol of Lord Hanuman. On coming to know of the attack, Pastor Venugopal Reddy and other church members rushed to the local police station for help but the police refused to oblige.

They then approached the local leaders upon whose intervention the police finally came and took the culprits to the police station.

A few months ago, Pastor Venugopal Reddy along with other church elders had approached Municipal Commissioner Prabhakar Reddy seeking allotment of a government land to build a church.

The Commissioner gave a verbal commitment of allotting a piece of land measuring 2.5 cents for the church. The Pastor subsequently started constructing the church. In protest, the VHP men attacked the church.

AICC

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