A mob of hindutva extremists brutally beaten up all the believers indiscriminately in Ganjam.

  January 7, 2018

  Ganjam, Odisha

  Anti-Conversion Laws, Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault, Restrictions on religious assembly

  Women


On 7th January 2018, A mob of hindutva extremists brutally beaten up all the believers indiscriminately in Ganjam, Odisha.

Pastor lives in Mandasa village in Srikakulam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This village lies in the border of the State of Odisha.

Around 20 believers gathered for the worship service, suddenly a mob of hindutva extremists along with the local villagers surrounded the house and they brutally beaten up all the believers indiscriminately, with sticks and stones. 3 members suffered serious head injuries.

Pastor and his father suffered critical injuries and had to be hospitalized for treatment. On the 8th, Police contacted Pastor and summoned him and the congregation, though badly injured, to the Police Station. The persecutors were also summoned. Police mediated over the situation and let off the persecutors without any charges. However, Pastor was arrested and detained at the Police Station on charges of conversion.

Police accused him of visiting Odisha from Andhra Pradesh to convert people. Later Pastor has been released on bail.


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