Pastor, 11 Christians Arrested in Maharastra, India

  October 26, 2012

  Maharashtra, Sindhudurg

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

Police on 26 Oct in Malvan Sindhudurg District arrested 13 Christians after Hindu extremists shouting anti-Christian slogans barged into a prayer meeting, beat them up and filed a case against them of forceful conversion.

It was reported that a Pastor from New Life Fellowship Association conducted a prayer meeting and invited another Pastor as the guest speaker. At about 2 p.m when he was preaching, Hindu extremists led by Baban Shinde entered the hall shouting “Jay Bhavani, Jay Shivaji.”

Thereafter the extremists went up to the stage and asked Hindus to leave the meeting immediately and started to beat up the Christians. One extremist hit the Pastor’s head with a flower pot and then used the speaker box to beat up other believers. The pastor sustained head injury and one Christian suffered an injury on his leg.

Later, the pastor filed a police compliant against the extremists. However, the extremists also filed a counter complaint against the Christians of forceful conversion. The police registered First Information Report against the 13 extremists and 12 Christians including the Pastor and detained them in police custody.

The Christians were released on bail the next day.

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