‘Beaten Up By Same People Who Attended Ram Temple Rallies,’ Alleges Chhattisgarh Christian Group (The Wire)

'They beat us and then dragged the women who tried to stop them onto the road,' said an alleged victim, who added that the pastor had to undergo treatment at a hospital after the beating.

By Yaqut Ali

New Delhi: Several Christians in Chattisgarh chief minister Vishnu Deo Sai’s Kunkuri constituency have alleged that members of a Hindutva group beat them up with sticks and harassed women members of the community on January 21.

Based on a first information report lodged by one Shiv Prasad Mehto, the local pastor, Mahananda, and a few others had gone to Shiv’s house in Basudopur village under the jurisdiction of the Duldula Police Station for lunch on the day. On the way back, they were attacked by members of a Hindutva group.

The Christian group was also purportedly questioned and asked not to visit the village again.

Kishore, who was part of the Christian group told The Wire, “As we left Shiv’s house, they stopped us with sticks in hand. They were the same people who had been participating in Ram temple rallies regularly,” said Kishore.

In various parts of north India, rallies have been taken out to celebrate the Ram temple which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day ago.

Kishore further added, “They beat us and then dragged the women who tried to stop them onto the road.”

Pastor Mahananda fell unconscious, and his family took him to a local Samudayik Swasthya Kendra, from where he was referred to Holy Cross Hospital in Kunkuri.

This story was originally published in thewire.in. Read the full story here .

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