Christians Arrested in West Bengal, India

  March 15, 2012

  Barddhaman, West Bengal

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault


On March 15 in Asansol, Branpur, West Bengal, state police arrested seven Christians after anti- Christian elements attacked them as they opposed to their activities.

Pastor Muktaram Baag, in an apparently pre-planned incident, the anti- Christian elements suddenly surrounded five pastors Weleston Kisku, Animesh Das, Nripen Das, Satyanarayan Soren and Rajesh Das and two unidentified believers as they were peacefully distributing Gospel tracts.

The anti-Christian elements verbally abused and mishandled them. One Christian telephoned the police and the police soon arrived on the spot. Police took the seven Christians to the station. Later, after questioning, the police released them without any charges.

However, soon after the Christians left the police station, a group of Kora tribal people filed a police complaint against the Christians of forceful conversion and of luring the people to convert to Christianity by offering them food and clothes. The police officer summoned the Christians back to the station and charged them under Section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs respectively.

Source: EFI News


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