Christians Attacked, Burial Service Disrupted in Chhattisgarh, India

  June 6, 2012

  Bastar, Chhattisgarh

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault


Armed anti- Christian people disrupted a funeral service, beat up Christians resulting in nine admitted in a hospital on June 6 in Bacheli, Dakshin Bastar.

It was reported that at about 8:30 a.m. the anti Christians elements armed with sharp edged weapons, clubs etc shouting anti slogans stormed the funeral service of Soni (19) daughter of Pastor Shankarlal Karma. The service was taking place at the land of Pastor Karma, at the outskirts of the village, attended by around 100 Christians from Bastar For Christ Movement Church. The assailants threatened the Christians and mercilessly beat them up. Denying the burial of the deceased, they forcibly filled up the grave with loose soil.

Nine Christians were admitted in the National Mineral Development Corporation hospital. However, there is no information of the whereabouts of many believers, who attended the funeral service and were suspected to be hiding in fear.

The dead body was carried to Bacheli town as the police were not able to provide security for the burial in the village. Finally, the burial was done in the Christian Cemetery of Bacheli at about 5 p.m. the same day.

A police complaint was lodged in Bacheli Police Station by Ps Shankarlal Karma. FIR has been registered vide no. 21 / 06.06.2012 under IPC Sections 147, 148, 149, 323, 506(B) against the attackers identified only as Rawa, Hunga, Sona, Budhru, Bhima, Tokudu, Somaru, Urra, Kamo and Bojji. However, no arrests have been made at press time.

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