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Twelve Christians injured in Bhopal attack

The attack took place in Bhopal, where some 20 Christians had gathered for prayers at a missionary institution.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 13:35 IST

Unidentified attackers beat up a group of Christians with iron rods in Madhya Pradesh injuring 12, police said on Sunday.

The attack took place on Saturday in Bhopal, where some 20 Christians had gathered for prayers at a missionary institution, police said.

The attackers stormed the building, shouting anti-Christian slogans, and beat those at prayers with iron rods and sticks, Bhopal police chief Anant Kumar Singh said.

"Some Christians, including a priest and a child, have been injured," said Singh. "The exact cause of the feud is being investigated."

Two seriously injured were in hospital, he added.

The attack was condemned by local Hindu leader Devendra Rawat though he charged Christians in the area with attempting to convert poor and illiterate Hindus by offering them material incentives.

The Christian groups in Bhopal say right-wing Hindus systematically target members of their community.

"Christians have been under pressure in Madhya Pradesh for long and such atrocities have increased under BJP rule," said Anil Martin, general secretary of the state's Christian Association.

Indira Iyengar, chairwoman of the state's Christian Forum echoed Martin's comments. "The victimisation of Christians in Madhya Pradesh has increased," she said.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 13:35 IST