The Compass Direct website reports today that four Christian Families in southeastern Bangladesh left their village on May 2, 2010, under mounting pressure by Buddhist extremists to give up their faith in Christ.
Sources told Compass that 20 to 25 Buddhists brandishing sticks and bamboo clubs in Jamindhonpara village began patrolling streets on April 30 to keep 11 members of the Lotiban Baptist Church from gathering for their weekly prayer meetings.
On May 1, the Buddhist extremists captured four men and beat one woman who had gathered in a home, threatening to kill them if they did not become Buddhists within 24 hours.
On May 2 -- just two hours before church services -- a group of Buddhists drove all of the Christians from their homes, so they would not attend church services. After these attacks, all the Christians in Jamindhonpara fled, taking shelter in another village.