8 Christians Arrested in Chhattisgarh, India

  August 27, 2011

  Chhattisgarh, Jashpur

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On Aug. 27 in Jashpur, police arrested eight Christians after alleged Hindu extremists filed a police complaint against them of forceful conversion.

Nevanti Bhagat, a widow, invited Pastor Jaikant Badiak from Jhardkhand and other local pastors and Christians to her house for supper and a prayer meeting.

At about 9 p.m., when the Christians were about to leave, the extremists suddenly stormed the house, along with media representatives, and forcibly took Pastor Badiak and seven Christians to the police station.

The police registered a case against the Christians based on the extremists’ complaint for criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and forcible conversion. Of the Christians, six men went to Jashpur jail, and two women to Raigarh jail.

The men were released on bail on Aug. 30, and the two women the next day.

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