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Monday, August 27, 2007

Missionary arrested for converting 40 Hindu families to Christianity

August 27, 2007

Mumbai (Maharashtra): By offering false promises of monetary help, foreign jobs, taking care of children etc., Fr. Edward converted 40 gullible Hindu families; but vigilant members of Bajarang Dal handed him over to the police. He was booked under Section 295-A and 508 for deceit and bribery by the police. He will be presented in Andheri Court for hearing.

All the converted families were poor and hailed from Bhyandar, Jogeshwari and Andheri areas. Taking advantage of their poverty, Fr. Edward asked them to assemble at Vidyavikas School in Andheri where mass is conducted on every Sunday. From there, they were taken to Juhu Beach to participate in program of conversion and only after which they were to be offered certain facilities.

Once there, the Father asked them to take a dip in the sea so as to purify them. Later, he started making statements like ‘Your God is a devil. Only Jesus is the true Lord.’ The Bajarang Dal activists were keeping an eye on the moves of the missionary and after his misguiding people in this manner, S/Shri. Vitthal Kamat, Anil Bhise and Harish Nevarekar, the members of Bajarang Dal caught hold of the Father, took him to Santa Cruz police station and lodged a complaint. After due enquiry, police filed a case against the missionary and kept him in custody at D. N. Nagar police station.

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