Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that Hindu extremists beat a pastor and evangelist unconscious in front of his sons earlier this month in Madhya Pradesh state.
Ramesh Devda, 30, from Dhadhniya, Meghnagar district, said he was attacked on Monday, April 4, 2011, after leading a prayer meeting in Chikklia village.
“He said he was on his way to Bhajidongra, at the border of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states, by motorcycle with his two sons, ages 10 and 8, to lead another prayer meeting,” said the CDN story. “When he reached Raseda village, he said, suddenly three people on two motorcycles blocked his way, forced him to stop and knocked his motorcycle over.”
The pastor then explained, “They were carrying big bamboo sticks and clubs. They started beating me, and then they called and three more men came and started to attack me.”
He said he was thankful that is sons were spared from beating, though his older son sustained a leg injury in the course of the attack. The Hindu extremists “were angry at me and were threatening to kill me and were warning me not to come to their area again,” he said.
CDN concluded its story by saying that Pastor Devda leads congregations in Chikklia, Bhajidongra and Dhadhniya villages.
“The people who beat me up do belong to a Hindu fundamentalist outfit, and some believers in Chikklia know them,” he said. “I can recognize them if I see them again.