Church Demolished

Church built without permission in Ganapathipalayam pulled down

TNN | Updated: Dec 19, 2017, 00:48 IST
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Tirupur: A newly-built church was demolished as it was constructed without permission in Ganapathipalayam Panchayat in the district on Monday.
However, the concerned minority people claimed that they had obtained permission from the local body. Further, they alleged the demolition was ordered mainly because of 'pressure' from a Hindu outfit.
District administration authorities said the permission given by the local panchayat is invalid and hence it was demolished. The plan to provide an alternative land is now under consideration.
More than 30 dalits decided to build the church, and they are said to have obtained permission from the Ganapathipalayam panchayat in August 2016, to build it on a poramboke land near three-road junction in Parai.

15 Year old church demolished in Karnataka

About 15 years ago, Blessing Youth Mission built a Church at Chippagiri Gowtown village, Yellapura Tq. in Karwar District. This church is shepherded by Pastor Suresh Kaithan Siddi (40). His wife is Maria (35). They have two sons. This church has 30 believers worshipping there.

A month ago some men belonging to Sangh Parivar approached Pastor Suresh and accused him of converting people to Christianity and warned him of serious consequences. Later they gave a complaint at the Yellapura Police station when the Police came to the village and organized a Peace Committee comprising the Pastor and some village folks. After discussion they came to a settlement of peaceful co-existence.

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Church Demolished and Temple Built in Its Place in Karnataka

Arasikere, Hassan (Karnataka): 17-10-11 - Pastor Sunder Raj, (60) has been serving the Lord at Arasikere in Hassan District of Karnataka, during the last 25 years. He purchased a piece of land measuring about 8 guntas, nearly quarter of an acre, and built a small house and a church called St. Thomas Church, an independent church. He has a congregation of about 75 believers, and he lives with his wife, Mrs. Padmavathi (50), and two children, a boy and a girl.

In 2004, the Arasikere Municipality pressurized by the Sangh Parivar activists, demolished the church, alleging that the church was an unauthorized construction, and then the Sangh Parivar activists forcibly built a temple on the same spot. The police also refused to entertain any complaints by the pastor regarding that incident. As the only way left for the pastor was to approach the court of law, he approached the court at Arasikere, and fought the case for more than two years, but unfortunately lost it in 2006. He then appealed to the District Sessions Court at Hassan against the Arasikere court decision.

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