Hindu Munnani however has denied that they were behind the attack on the church.

Take action on Hindu Munnani for Church attack Christians threaten to return ration cards
news Allegations Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 17:15

Members of a church in Coimbatore have threatened to return their ration cards if police did not take action against members of the Hindu Munnani Katchi. The churchgoers have accused the fringe group of attacking the church thrice in May.

On Wednesday, members of the ‘Assembly of God’ church in Arasur village filed a petition to the Superintendent of Police, demanding action. “On May 3, 2017, about 50 people from Hindu Munnani Katchi came to the church, harassed and abused the people in the church. There were about 30 people in the church. We had to call the police. Cops then sorted the matter,” said James Wellington, a senior pastor.

The priest alleges that the attack did not end with that incident. The petition to the SP says on May 4 Hindu Munnani Katchi members attacked the church and broke the roof and few lights inside.

“On May 7, these people again came and while the church was going on, they began abusing the people inside the church. The priest had to quickly stop the service and he called the DSP,” said James.

Members of the church and the pastor allege that they were made to forcefully sign a paper which said that that they could not conduct services until permission was granted by the collector.

Addressing the media, Jayaseelan, a member of the church said, “Such problems have been happening in various parts of Coimbatore during the last few months. In India, everyone has the right to follow their religion and allow us also to follow our religion. We want security to conduct our church services,” he said.

The members of the church have filed an FIR against the Hindu Munnani Katchi. “A group led by a man called Murgesan attacked the church. We want the authorities to act against them or else we will protest and also return our ration cards,” said James.

However, the spokesperson for Hindu Munnani Katchi denied these allegations made by the church and claimed that they did not attack any church in the district. “These are false allegations against us. If we had indeed attacked, would it not have become a huge problem in the district?” asked the spokesperson.


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