Pastor Murugan was beaten by Hindu militants who ambushed him and two other believers while returning home from a prayer meeting in Moodalpalya, Karnataka, India.
According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "The other two managed to flee and escape any harm.
The militants accused the pastor of forcibly converting people and 'spoiling the minds of the children' and took him to the local police station where he was detained."
In an unrelated incident on June 26, Hindu militants barged into the home of a local believer in Hubli, Karnataka; shouted curses at the Christians gathered for a prayer meeting and beat Pastor Vinod Talakere.
VOM sources added, "They dragged the pastor and another believer to the local police station where the men were detained on accusations of forcibly converting people, kidnapping local girls and enrolling them in Bible college."
Pray for the release of these pastors. Ask God to bless their ministry and the work of other Christians spreading the gospel in India.