Two men, including a pastor, who were allegedly attempting the religious conversion of a woman and her son in Shahpur area of Rewa district were caught by Bajrang Dal activists, dragged out of the house, held captive and beaten heavily for around six hours on Thursday late night.
While the Rewa district police on Friday arrested the duo for allegedly indulging in religious conversion, the Bajrang Dal activists who attacked the duo have also been booked, but are yet to be arrested.
According to Shahpur police sources, the incident took place in Gadra Mohalla in Ramnagri (Pahari) village on Thursday evening, when a group of Bajrang Dal activists led by district convener Amit Tiwari and others, reached the house of Vidyawati Saket where pastor Ram Pal Kori along with a friend Nand Lal Saket was allegedly engaged in religious conversion of Vidyawati and her son.
The saffron brigade activists number around 25 caught hold of the duo, dragged them out of the house and tied them up a short distance away. The pastor and his friend were thrashed throughout the night between 9 pm and 3 am by the saffron brigade activists.
The matter was reported to the police by Vidyawati’s neighbour Sant Lal Saket, after which the police sprung into action, but by then the saffron brigade activists had fled from the spot.
According to additional SP (Mauganj) SK Singh, the duo was arrested and booked under Sections 4,5,6 of MP Freedom of Religion Act 1968. The duo was produced before a local court in Rewa, which sent them into judicial custody.
“A case of unlawful assembly, house trespass, obscenity, assault and criminal intimidation has been lodged against 13 identified Bajrang Dal activists and 12 other unidentified activists under Sections 145, 452, 294, 506, 323 and 342 of IPC. We’re conducting raids to nab the accused who are on the run,” the Mauganj ASP added.