Friday, December 30, 2016

Vandals raid UP church, allege forced conversions

GORAKHPUR: Six people were injured when a group of about 60 alleged Hindu activists attacked a church on Thursday .The activists claimed that the church was forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity.

AB Lal, the pastor of Full Gospel Church at Moti Pokhra area in Gorakhpur, said, "The attackers were waving saffron flags and were armed with sticks. They barged into the church and kept chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'."

"The attackers said they belonged to Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) and other Hindu groups," he said. Lal added the miscreants vandalised the church for almost an hour.

Police said a case against unknown persons had been registered on the complaint made by church authorities.

HYV, however, denied the allegations. "I don't know anything about it. We were not a part of the attack," said Vinay Paswan, media in-charge of the outfit. 

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