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Hindu militants force Christians into templecomment (0)

January 5, 2006


NEW DELHI — Two militant Hindu groups struck churches in India’s Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states Dec. 4.

At least 25 members of the Hindu extremist group Dharma Sena attacked a church in Raipur, Chattisgarh state, severely beating five Christians.

After beating four Christians in the church, the attackers took them and a pastor from another area church into a Hindu temple, where they tried to force them to bow down to idols.

Also Dec. 4, a group of 15 extremists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh attacked a pastor in Jhabua district of the north-central state of Madhya Pradesh.

Police declined to arrest any of the militant Hindus but rather detained the pastor, Anil Mehra of Indian Evangelical Team, for more than 10 hours for “disrupting public peace.”

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