On 19 January, in Mottu, Podia, Malkangiri, Christians were beaten up in the presence of the police by local hindutva radicals. The Christians in Mottu village were called by the police to a certain location. On reaching, they were ambushed and beaten up by local radicals insisting that people who worship Jesus Christ should not live in the village. This mob was led by the village head. The Christians were beaten in front of the police who did not help them.