Church members attack a Govt servant belonging to a backward community for objecting to their encroachments on public road

    16-Jan-2023   
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Members of a Church identified as 'Bible Mission Church' attacked a Government employee belonging to a backward community for objecting to their encroachments. The incident took place in Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh. The victim has been identified as Venugopal, belonging to the Scheduled Caste Mala community, and employed at the Mandal Revenue Office in Kadapa District.
 
 
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Venugopal was attacked when he observed Church people constructing an arch on the occasion of a Christmas celebration on a public road. Bible Mission Church members thrashed Venugopal when he asked them whether they got permission from the local Government administration to construct the arch, leading to inconvenience to the public.
 
 
But he was abused and beaten by the Church members. So he filed a police complaint at the local police station. In his complaint, he mentioned the names - Prabhu Kumar, Sunil, Bandi Prasad (an ex-corporator), Devadas, Vinod and other members of the Bible Mission Church. Accordingly, police registered the case under the SC/ST Atrocities Act and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
 
 
After the complaint came to light, 'SC ST Rights Forum' requested the National Commission for Scheduled Castes- Government of India to probe and investigate the reality.
 
 
The Bible Mission Church was reportedly founded in January 1938. Its head office is located in Gooty of Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, which has been recognised as the world's largest Church by the World Book of Records (WBR, London). It is located in 114 places in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.