Hindu Policeman Tells Disabled Christian Pastor At Police Station ‘If You Keep Worshipping Jesus I Will Cut Your Leg Off And Turn Your Life Into A Living Hell’

A Christian pastor was summoned to a police station after a conflict with Hindu extremists. At the station, the policeman, also a Hindu, told the pastor that he would cut off the pastors leg and ‘make (his) life a living hell’ if he did not stop worshipping Christ:

Summoned to a police station after Hindu extremists stopped his church’s worship last month, a pastor in northern India brought some 50 Christians with him to help plead for his rights.

But 45-year-old pastor David Amarnath of Pathakpur village in Bhadohi District, Uttar Pradesh state, was taken aback by what police told him.

“Why did you bring all these people?” an officer told him. “It is very simple. The BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] government is ruling now, and you can’t assemble to pray. The local Hindu Vahini activists and all RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] groups are now informed of your activities – they will be after you. Even we can’t help you.”

Pastor Amarnath added that when the Christians asked about the fundamental right to freedom of worship in the Indian constitution, saying they had not violated any laws, police official M.K. Pandey replied, “So, if I lodge an FIR [First Information Report] against your brother, are you all ready to go to jail for him?”

The Christians said, “Yes.” Pandey later told Pastor Amarnath, who has only one complete leg and requires a wheelchair, that if he continued worshipping, “I will cut your other leg off. Your life will become hell. So refrain from all Christian activities,” according to the pastor.

Church member Amit Jaiswar said that the Dec. 11 encounter at the police station and the disruption of worship the previous day made Christmas celebration impossible.

“We have not gathered as a church for Sunday worship for three weeks till date,” he told Morning Star News. “We did not celebrate Christmas and could not observe watch night service for New Year’s Eve. Our pastor is under observation by RSS activists.”

On Dec. 25, seven police officers were deployed in front of Pastor Amarnath’s house to ensure that he led no house church worship, he said.

“They told me to lead life quietly and not become the target of Hindu extremists,” he said. “I shared the gospel with them. I told them about the importance for fellowship, and the love we share. My children distributed pieces of cake to the police and neighbors. That was our Christmas!”

Compliant Police

It took only two Hindu extremists to stop the worship of Pastor Amarnath’s congregation of 200 people. Sarweshwar Singh, 30, and an accomplice barged into the worship service at around 12 noon and started threatening the Christians.

“He started shouting at us, ‘What is going on here? Why are you people gathered here? I will tear your skin and break your bones if I see any of you praying,’” church member Jaiswar said.

The Christians asked Singh what had happened and why he was troubled. He replied, “I want to put an end to your Bible reading and worship here – how dare you practice Christianity here? How dare you attract Hindus to your faith?” according to Jaiswar.

Jaiswar told him the gathering was not a religion but the Way and the Truth, and that village officials had granted them permission to meet at the village council hall.

He said that Singh grew angrier and shouted, “Oh! Woah! You are singing the goodness of a foreign god. Did you ever read Bhagwadgita or Ramayana? Why are our holy books not touching your heart?”

“I told them the Bible has given me the peace which nothing in the world could give,” Jaiswar, a father of two, said. “They were just two people, but their anger was uncontrollable. It pained us when they started saying, ‘Since your pastor is disabled, he is making his living by misguiding you people into believing a foreign god. Call him out now. We will cut his other [remaining] leg off.’”

The extremists shoved their way into the hall and spoke obscene, humiliating words against the pastor, he said. The hard-line Hindus called police, and when officers arrived Singh ordered them to register a case against the pastor. Pastor Amarnath explained that the church had full permission to worship there.

“The extremists warned the police to register a case on David Amarnath and immediately impose sections of the Indian Penal Code irrelevant to the situation, but with a higher degree of punishment,” Jaiswar said, adding that Sing said, “If you [police] don’t, we will see to it.”

The next day morning Pastor Amarnath was summoned to the police station.

Police Harassment

In Uttar Pradesh’s Nawabganj town in Bareilly District, police on Dec. 27 dispersed 150 Christians as they finished celebrating Christmas with three days of worship at a house church and accused them of forcible conversions, the church pastor said.

Pastor Shyam Lal told Morning Star News that police arrived at his house and began badgering them, asking, “Why are you converting people? You decorated the house well, gave it a celebratory look and are converting Christians.”

“I told them, ‘No, we don’t convert anyone. We only worship our Lord Jesus Christ, and we are celebrating Christmas,’” he said, adding that police said they had received a complaint from the Hindu Parishad, an extremist group, that they were “converting people.”

Police summoned the father of five to the police station the next day, Dec. 28, where he was surprised to find about 15 RSS and Hindu Parishad members had gathered. Lal told them the church hadn’t disturbed anyone, and that as citizens of India they had freedom to worship the Lord.

“But the RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists present in the police station started abusing me in extreme foul language in front of the police,” Lal said. “They said, ‘You must take a pledge right now that you won’t worship Lord Jesus.’”

The RSS and VHP extremists, led by Akhilesh Kumar Gangwar, are the same people who ordered police to register a false case against pastor Mahendra Pal, Lal said.

Lal told them he wouldn’t take the pledge.

“Then they started saying, ‘Okay, you can pray and worship within the four walls of your house with your family only. No other should join you in this. You must not invite anybody.’”

When he told them he would continue worshipping as he pleased, he said, they became further enraged and shouted, “You must not share gospel. You must not pray for healing of anyone. Why are you attracting crowds to Christianity?”

“The RSS activists came in hundreds, and they called media also,” he said. “They threatened me, saying, ‘Our angry activists are outside, you get four witnesses and sign the pledge with them, only then you would go home safely from here.’ There was so much pressure on me that I had to sign the pledge, but I did not get any witnesses, and immediately left the police station.”

His church has decided to meet in groups of 10 or 15 in different homes for worship, he said.

“The house church is vacant,” he said. “We have not gathered to celebrate New Year’s also.” (source)

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  • Higlac

    If these Hindu bigots continue behaving like this, they’ll turn a land of “milk and honey” (it’s been famous for millennia as a near-miracle country where all sorts of exotic animals and plants grow, where fabulous riches exist – whether real or imaginary – in enough ways, India is a microcosm of the whole world) into a living HELL where nobody will be safe. In Hinduism – just as in Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and other faiths – there are sects who’re more than prepared to fight with each other even unto the death and beyond…

    This kind of absolutely-EXTREME fanaticism is precisely the same kind of stuff as what Adolf Hitler preached to Germany: Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer. We for the most part know well how that ended up – and they should know after a young Hindu fanatic murdered Mohandas Gandhi even while the majority were adulating him!!! They sure seem to have learned absolutely NOTHING from our tragedies or any past, even their own…

    Yet more proof of the sad, ugly and repugnant yet all too true fact that without Christ, ALL Mankind is intrinsically EVIL. Maranatha, Lord Jesus!!!!!

    • filomena seiffert

      I totally agree with you. It seams the whole world is mesmerized by evil. The countries that have been invaded by western nations seams to blame all their troubles on Christianity but the whole truth is if the invasors were Christians they would not invade any nation. India has not been invaded militarily by I am sure has had its share of exploitation.

      • Indian Christian Crusader

        Persecution of Christians has nothing to do with any western invasion. Christians were killed in Saudi Arabia when Islam first came, there was no “western” invasion that time.

        What about the Hindus exploiting and killing their own low caste Hindus? What about that? It has gone on for thousands of years. Japan killed Christians when the first Portuguese missionaries came there. It had no western invasion at that point either.

        Christians were persecuted in Iran long ago by the Zoroastrians in pre-islamic Iran in the 4th and 5th centuries and some fled and came to India for refuge also to Kerala. There was no western nations or invasions taking place that time.

        This is sheer evil hating the light. That’s it.

    • Indian Christian Crusader

      It has already turned into a living hell, ever since disgusting brahminical Hinduism got revived after supplanting non-violent religions of Jainism and original Buddhism long ago that were widespread at one point.

  • Indian Christian Crusader

    I promise, if disabled/handicapped member of the Christian community is attacked, an elderly couple, children, widows, we will smash these Hindu extremist dogs to the pits of hell. Terrorists deserve to be wiped out. They are humans made of flesh,not immortal gods. There is a limit to which all this can be tolerated.

  • Higlac

    No wonder!!!

    Hinduism is not only cruel to all those outside of it: it has zero love or humanity even for those inside it!!! ZERO comfort, only a complete lifetime of suffering for the Panchamas/Dalits (untouchables) – who’re not supposed even to protest even in the face (if I understand it correctly) of the most egregious, gratuitous suffering inflicted by the higher-ups (especially the Brahmins, who’re supposed to lord it over everything and everybody else!!!); where even the tiniest bit of compassion for the “outcasts” (which automatically includes ALL converts to Hinduism!!) is frowned upon if not downright forbidden – where the ONLY hope of those unfortunates is in death.

    [One wonders why don’t the Dalits under such circumstances simply commit mass-suicide (if they can’t flee, ideally congregate and take up arms against their oppressors)? Is it a simple case of fearing the unknown more than the known???]

    Even the poorest Moslems aren’t quite so totally denied even the tiniest bit of freedom to bewail their lot, in so far as I can tell.

    Yes: that’s why real Christianity has so very, very, very much going for it: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”!!! “Love thy neighbour as yourself” plus “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, thy body and mind”. Compared to it, ALL the others are so WOEFULLY deficient!!!!

    I truly hope that the Christians will fight back against those terrorist bigots of all those benighted “faiths” like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, paganism and all the rest: why should we all be mown down by the forces of Satan????