A prayer meeting at a home in Tamil Nadu state, India, was interrupted on 19th March by approximately 15 people from the Hindu Front and the religious arm of a Hindu nationalist movement.
The prayer meeting was held in the home of a Christian student, Siddappa and attended by Neethiraj from the India Evangelical Mission, a friend called Chandrakant and his sick 16 year old relative.
According to Christian freedom charity Christian Solidarity worldwide, soon after the prayer meeting began, intruders went upstairs and questioned the men about the purpose of their gathering.
The Christians were then manhandled and dragged down the stairs and taken to the middle of the street outside Siddappa’s home.
Neethiraj’s bag, which had Christian tracts, was emptied on the street and they gathered all the Bibles and hymn books from Siddapa’s home.
Local sources say that Neethiraj was forced to set the items on fire with petrol, which the perpetrators had extracted from a nearby vehicle, despite pleas from the Christians not to set the Bibles on fire.
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SOURCE: Premier, Cara Bentley