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

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 23:31 IST
A group of men allegedly vandalised a church at Kachna village of Raipur and thrashed worshippers present inside (ANI Photo)

A group of unidentified men vandalised a church at Raipur in Chhattisgarh, injuring six people in the incident on Sunday.

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.

Pannalal said that Chhattisgarh Christian Forum has lodged a police complaint.

Raipur superintendent of police BN Meena told Hindustan Times that the police has detained two persons involved in the attack.

“We have also seized three motor cycles. The attackers alleged that religious conversion was going on in the church. Investigation is on,” said Meena.

The SP, however, said that the attackers’ identity as Bajrang Dal activists was yet to be ascertained.

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.

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