Church building locked in Chhattisgarh, India

  January 1, 2012

  Chhattisgarh, Dhamtari

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

Masihi Prarthana Bhavan church was locked by a group of about 10 Hindutva fundamentalist on January 1st in Dudhawa village, 30 kms away from Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh.

The incident occurred at about 10 am in the morning, when the New Year worship service was being conducted by Pastor Komal Sahu.

A group led by Bajrang Dal activist’s entered the church and disrupted the service. They then pushed the congregation members out of the church and placed the pictures of Hindu deities inside the church building. Pastor Sahu and his wife Lata Sahu, were verbally abused and beaten by the mob. The radicals then locked the church building.

The police reached on the spot along with the Sub District magistrate (SDM) Mr. P. K Shandil and resolved the matter between both the parties warning the radicals not to repeat this again.

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