Prayer service disrupted in Chhattisgarh, India

  February 15, 2012

  Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

A group of Hindutva extremists disrupted a prayer service organized by Bershebha church on February 15th in Pandhi village, Seepat road, Near Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

Pastor Daultram has organized a three day worship service and about 200 people were participating in the prayer service with prior police permission.

The first day of the meeting went on smoothly. On the second day a group of about 6 miscreants from the area came and told pastor Daultram to stop the meeting.

On the third day, at about 12.30 in the afternoon, a mob of about 50 well armed activists came and destroyed the tent, mike and speakers. The mob then dragged the hristians present at the prayer service and started brutally assaulting them.

The ensuing rampage resulted in severe injuries to the Christian and Pastor Sunam Besra suffered head injuries resulting in receiving stitches.

The Inspector in-charge, Mr. Rajan Singh , arrived on the spot and took charge . A case has been registered against the radicals under section 147, 296 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code. No arrest has been made yet.

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