Three churches were demolished in BJP-Ruled Manipur for ‘Illegal Construction’ by the administration in Imphal East district on Tuesday.
The three churches that have been demolished by authorities on Tuesday are the Evangelical Baptist Convention Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church Manipur and Catholic Holy Spirit Church.
BJP-ruled Manipur, three churches were demolished by the administration in Imphal East district on Tuesday. The churches, one of which had existed since 1974, were demolished for being “illegal constructions” on government land, reports Northeast News
Today 11th April 2023 during the break of dawn at around 2:00am the Evangelical Baptist Convention Church (EBCC) had be destructed by the Manipur Government
With the given information it is said to believe that the Police's weren't allowing the church members to enter the church pic.twitter.com/QBXF6W4tgR
— Nampi Romeo Hansong (@Nampiromeo2021) April 11, 2023
The demolition was carried out at the Tribal Colony in the early hours of Tuesday in the presence of a large posse of security personnel. The churches were demolished days after the Manipur high court vacated its 2020 order for status quo on an order for an eviction drive by the BJP-led state government.
The matter reached court after a local organisation moved the Manipur high court. The order of the High Court of Manipur bench of Acting Chief Justice M.V. Muralidaran passed on April 4 this year said that the decision of the state authorities in evicting the respondent churches is based on the documents, policy decisions and pursuant to the directions of the Supreme Court.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh, reports Northeast Live, declined to comment much on the demolition of churches, saying that the demolition was in accordance with the court order.
Pastor Nengzahau V. Haupi informed the Media that ”The church was established in 1974, it is around 49 years now. The government eviction notice came on Dec 24, 2020, and the high court protected the status quo for around 2, or 3 years. Therefore in April 2023, the high court took out our status quo and now it happened like this.”
As the administration demolished the churches, many Christian residents gathered and performed prayers in the debris on Tuesday. One of the priests said that the state government should not have demolished the churches as those were not for the personal benefit of any individual or organisation, reports Deccan Herald.
PM Narendra Modi earlier visited the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Delhi on Sunday on the occasion of Easter. So far, he has not commented on the reports of Hindutva organisations targeting churches and pastors in various parts of the country.
More than 41% of Manipur’s population is Christian.
Брат @nvinci6l3 tweeted: Heard that God resides in hearts. Buildings can be demolished, but hope & faith reside in the hearts of humans.”
Heard that God resides in hearts. Buildings can be demolished, but hope & faith reside in the hearts of humans. pic.twitter.com/X2IjxYSnII
— Брат (@nvinci6l3) April 12, 2023