Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pastors and Believers Arrested in Chhattisgarh

Police arrested two pastors and seven believers including three women on charge of forcible conversion on 29 Dec in Ranibagicha, Jashpur District of Chhattisgarh.
A group of Hindu extremists barged into the Sunday worship meeting conducted by Pastor Palath Dungdung and accused the Christians of forceful conversion and of luring people to convert into Christianity, reported our correspondent, Rev Akhilesh Edgar.
The extremists also entered into the nearby house church of Calvary Gospel Mission worship meeting conducted by Pastor Lalit Kujur and accused him of forceful conversion.
Police reached the spot and took 25 Christians including two pastors to the police station for questioning.
Two pastors and seven believers including three women were arrested under Sections 295 A, 153 A, 120 B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 & 4 of Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion Act.
They were sent to District Jail. Jashpur on the same day. Their bail petition has been rejection.
On the same day of the arrests, local Bhartiya Janta Party leader Ranvijay Singhdev accompanied by Rajsharan Bhagat (BJP MLA from Jashpur), Jageshwar Ram (Ex MLA), many leaders ad workers of BJP and Hindu organizations sat on one day hunger strike on 29 December, to protest against "conversion".

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