On 29.07.2016, a pastor was arrested on false charges of carrying out forceful religious conversions in Maharajganj, UP. He is from Bhagwanpur village of Gorakhpur district and pastoring an independent church for the last ten years.
When he was at Paragpur village in Maharajganj at a Christian home for a prayer meeting, all of sudden, several villagers along with the Sarpanch and the local police came and took him to the Purandarpur police station. Later, the media was called and told that religious conversion work was being carried out by the pastor.
The Pastor was released on bail on 1.8.2016 at about 4 pm. He has been charged under Section 295A of the IPC.