Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
At the Gujarat government-organized Kankaria Carnival 2022, the far-right Bajrang Dal members thrashed people dressed as Santa Claus, accusing them of religious conversions and telling them to go back to their churches. pic.twitter.com/4NLPtgHqCV
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These guys just wound up on someone’s naughty list.
A group Santa Clauses in India was reportedly attacked and beaten by Hindu nationalists at a winter carnival on Friday.
The Santas were giving out free chocolates and Christian books to visitors at a zoo in the western city of Ahmedabad when they were attacked by members of Bajrang Dal, a Hindi nationalist militant organization in India, according to the New Indian Express.
“When we went there to protest against the people who were doing religious conversion activity, there was a clash with some of them,” North Gujarat Bajrang Dal president Javalit Mehta told the news site.
A video of showing two men dressed as St. Nick being beaten went viral on social media, according the Times of India, which noted the incident was not reported to the police.
This story was originally published in nypost.com . Read the full story here