Two old Hindu temples in Suryaraopeta, Kakinada rural mandal of East Godhavari, Andhra Pradesh were demolished by Church authorities using a JCB machine and took away antique idols of presiding Goddess.
Incident took place on 28th March 2019 mid night and villagers identified that Church Pastor Prabhudas and three others who were engaged Christian evangelical activities under the banner of “Christu Sangam” for the last five years are behind the incident. Prabhudas also a built a church beside these two temples and eying on temples property since then.
When the news of temple demolition was brought to the notice of local police authorities, they attempted to settle the matter privately. However, due to increasing pressure from members of Shiva Shakthi Organisation, the police were compelled to file criminal cases against local Christian Pastor Prabhudas and two others under IPC section 295, 379, 427 and 447.
Legal Right Protection Forum, an NGO, took cognizance of this and found that the construction of the church was illegal. LRPF files formal complaint with the local Revenue Authorities and sought necessary action against the illegal construction.