Pastor in Southern India Arrested for 2013 Anti-Hindu Video

Christians celebrate Christmas at a church in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana state, on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo: IANS/UCA News)

Police in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have arrested a pastor for making derogatory videos about Hindu deities.

Pastor Praveen Chakravarthy from Kakinada was arrested on Jan. 12 for alleged involvement in a video where he admitted he had kicked images of Hindu gods, police said.

“There are some fanatic groups who are trying to create hatred among different faiths by dividing people in the name of caste, creed and religion and trying to push their propaganda,” Pastor Joseph Benjamin Gootam of Kakinada Church of Christ told UCA News.

“There is a trend in the state where vested interest people are even targeting the chief minister, accusing him of favoring minority groups, especially Christians since he is himself a Christian.

“I’m very surprised about the arrest of Pastor Chakravarthy as the case is very old, but we are sure that some people may have complained to the police recently. We have full faith in the judiciary and hope the pastor will come clean in the investigation.”

Meanwhile, R. Vijaya Paul, superintendent of police, told media that Pastor Chakravarthy was arrested after a complaint against him.

“Although the case is from 2013, there was no complaint filed at the time. It was filed recently and we cross-checked the matter and apprehended the pastor and added it is not a suo motu case,” he said.

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SOURCE: UCA News, Bijay Kumar Minj

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