4th July 2017 Surinder Kaur
Seven Christian families from two separate villages in Bahraich district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been allegedly facing extortion at the hand of the local police who first disrupted their Church services, arrested six Christians along with a pastor and later threatened the rest, with arrest if they do not pay up.
Lahore:A Christian girl has been falsely implicated in a theft case for allegedly stealing the family ornaments articles she had been serving as a servant for over eight years.
LEAD has learned that she was accused of stealing jewelry worth Pakistani Rupees 550,000 (US$5,560).
Arshad Bibi,35,worked as a domestic servant in a rich Muslim family's house from last eight years which is situated at Muslim Town ,Lahore for payment just Rs.3000(US$30.5) per month.
On 13 February 2013,she was involved in a criminal case of theft and complaint had been lodged against her in Police Station Muslim Town,Lahore FIR No.52/13 under section 380 PPC on the complaint of Master of house lady Zahida Perveen. She lodged complaint that from her house some jewelry ornaments has been stolen from Almari which were under lock up.She told police that she had doubt her female servant a Christian woman stole those jewelry from her house.Zahida Perveen forced her to confess to having committed the alleged offence of theft. Arshad Bibi denied it and said she was not a thief and she did not steal even a single penny from house.
The police without investigating the allegation got registered FIR and arrested Zahida BiBi from her house and sent her Camp jail.
Pastor Nirakant Pradhan (aged about 48 yrs) was a native of village Kerubadi (Daringbadi, Kandhamal). He was a pastor of Kandhmal Union of Baptists. He was badly beaten and tortured by Maoists in July 2009. The maoists accused him to be an informer of the police.
On 25.09.11, he was called by the local police to meet them. Mr Pradhan thought that it was a courtesy call. Without knowing that he would never return home, he reported to the police. His arrest was officially made on 6.10.11. though he was in police custody from 25.9.11. According to his wife, he was accused of supplying provisions by his four - wheeler auto (Tata magic). He was falsely made accused in other cases involving Maoists. He was kept in Baliguda sub-jail. He was transfered to Phulbani prison in May 2012.