The Indian Herald

The Indian Herald

March 6, 2016

Church attacked in Raipur, right-wing assailants target prayer meet in Chhattisgarh's capital, assault women and children

Over a dozen members of a right-wing group targeted a church in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state on Sunday.

The attackers barged into the church, beat up the devotees and vandalised the place of worship, according to reports.

The incident took place at Khamradih in Raipur. The prayer was going on when around 20 persons entered the Church, and started thrashing the Christians who were in the assembly.

The intruders who were allegedly Bajrang Dal members came raising slogans and began accusing the Christians of converting Hindus to Christianity.

They also beat up women and children. The attackers vandalised the property. After the incident, a complaint was lodged with the police. The Christian Forum has made a formal complaint in this regard and has demanded action.

It was Sunday mass and hence many people were in Chruch then. Those who tried to intervene were also beaten up. Some persons got injured in the attack. They threw chairs, broke the fan and damaged whatever they could lay their hands upon.

The attackers had come riding motorcycles. While most of them managed to escape in a hurry, some motorcycles were found abandoned nearby. The local police have begun investigation to find out the persons involved in the attack.

Though sources said Bajrang Dal was involved in the attack. Chhattisgarh is ruled by the BJP, which is also in power at the Centre. In the past, there have been attacks in Churches and prayer meetings of the Christians in BJP-ruled states.

TIH Bureau

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