Chhattisgarh: Seven arrested for vandalising Raipur church

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 12:00 IST
Seven people were arrested on Monday, March 7, 2016, in connection with the attack on a church in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. (ANI )

Seven people were arrested on Monday in connection with the attack on a church in Chhattisgarh, reports ANI.

The church, in Khamardih area of state capital Raipur, was vandalised by a group of men on Sunday. Six people were injured in the incident.

According to Arun Pannalal, president, Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, said around “15 Bajrang Dal activists” allegedly forced their way inside the church shouting slogans ‘Jai Sri Ram’ while the Sunday prayer was on.

“The Hindu fundamentalists molested women and threatened the gathering to convert to Hinduism or leave the state. They came in half a dozen motor bikes. This is the fourth incident of attack against Christians in the last five weeks in the state,” said Pannalal.

Read | Men shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ vandalise church in Raipur, 6 hurt

Two persons, involved in the attack, were detained by police on Sunday.

One of the injured victims told HT that the perpetrators created a stampede-like situation, damaged the church properties and threatened those who had gathered for the Sunday prayer.

Reacting to the arrests on Monday, minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju said that police had taken necessary action and the guilty won’t be spared.

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